Barksdale looking forward to LSU trip

Joseph Barksdale

There will be a bumper crop of defensive linemen visiting LSU this weekend but none will tarvel farther than 4-star defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale.

Barksdale, a 6-5, 315-pounder from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, is rated the No. 11 player in the country at his position.

He was supposed to make it down during the season but that trip had to be canceled because his mother could not accompany him.

Now, both have their schedules clear and are looking forward to their trip down South.

"We know about LSU's reputation on the field but now we want to see what else they have like academic and athletic facilities, and student housing," explained Joseph. "She wants to talk to the coaches and some professors and I want to see how the players are and what they have to say.

"We know LSU is very successful on the field but what kind of resources do they have and offer to help you out in other areas of your life?"

Barksdale has one trip left on his schedule to Florida State and at this time it does not look like he will reschedule his visit to USC that he had to cancel.

"I hadn't spent a lot of time with my family and I wante to take advantage of my Thanksgiving break by spending it with them instead of traveling to L.A.," said Joseph. "I don't think I will reschedule that trip right now because my plate is kind of full and I want to announce my decision at the U.S. Army game."

Many feel that any visit Barksdale takes is only for enjoyment becuase he is a lock to sign with Ohio State.

However, he says that is not the case.

"I wouldn't say that all," he said. "I like Ohio State but it's not a done deal. We decided a while back that we were going to keep an open mind throughout this process and in the end look at the positives and negatives each school has to offer."

So, from the sound of things it looks like LSU has a chance.

"Sure they do," he said. "The thing that has always kept LSU in it was their reputation and track record for grooming d-linemen. From the outside they have everything I am looking for and now we just need to see it from an inside perspective."

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