Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Tiger Signee Joseph Barksdale

The top defensive tackle prospect in the Midwest who is a consensus five-star recruit by every recruiting publication ... Graduated from high school in December and is currently enrolled at LSU for the spring semester ... Will be able to participate in the Tigers' spring workouts ... Massive stature, strong hands and extremely powerful ... Was pure dominant on the high school level and rarely challenged ... Tremendous first step off the ball with tenacity ... Very mature for his age with a solid work ethic ... Becomes the first state of Michigan signee in school history ... Named to the prestigious Parade All-America Team ... Dazzled scouts at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the East team ... Called by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming "one of the top-five defensive tackle prospects in America" ... Compared to former U.S. Army All-American and current Baltimore Raven Haloti Ngata ... Chosen by the Detroit News as their No. 1 blue-chip prospect ... A member of the Top 100 and Hot 100 ... Also named a SuperPrep All-American ... Named to the Detroit News "Dream Team" after recording 73 tackles (17 for losses), 14 hurries, seven sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles as a senior ... Received all-city honors as a junior after making 83 tackles (20 for losses), five forced fumbles, eight sacks and 10 fumble recoveries ... Bench presses 445 pounds with a 28-inch vertical jump ... A scholar-athlete in the classroom who finished with a 3.5 GPA ... Chose to attend LSU because of the football tradition and fine engineering program ... Plans to major in electrical engineering at LSU ... Coached by Thomas Wilcher ... Born Jan. 1, 1989.

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