Big just doesn't do justice when describing Joseph Barksdale.
The 6-6, 315-pound defensive lineman from Detroit is absolutely massive, and he may just be the best prospect to come out of the state of Michigan and possibly the entire Midwest region.
With the size and strength to overpower opposing offensive linemen, Barksdale has all the tools to excel at the collegiate level as a defensive force.
A bull rusher that has been compared to 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus Haloti Ngata, the Detroit News Dream Team selection commands a double team every time he steps onto the field.
During his senior season at Cass Technical, Barksdale tallied 73 tackles, including 17 for loss, to go along with three forced fumbles, seven sacks, 10 fumble recoveries and one interception for a touchdown to earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors.
But Barksdale, who benches 445 pounds and has a 28-inch vertical leap, could see time on the offensive line in college at either offensive guard or tackle with his strong hands and quick feet--two key assets that make the First Team USA Today honoree an attractive pick at the next level.
Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida State, LSU and USC have all showed interest in and got it back from Barksdale, but the senior chose the Tigers down in the Bayou during the All-American Bowl.
A powerhouse of a ball player who showed All-American ability at offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He can dominate the line of scrimmage at times with his quick hands and superior power. He shows all the tools to become a dominating defensive tackle.