Monday, June 11, 2007

2007 Recruiting - Joseph Barksdale

Today we continue our profiles of incoming freshmen, who by the way are starting their summer workouts with Tommy Moffitt today, assuming they are academically qualified. Joseph Barksdale, 6'6" 323#, defensive tackle, Detroit, Michigan, is not only academically qualified, he's actually been in school for a semester. He was an early enrollee, meaning he entered school in January, which gave him the benefit of going through a Spring Practice with the rest of the team. He's the only 2007 signee to do that. It puts him well ahead of the learning curve.

Joseph Barksdale is another marquee name in this recruiting class. A total recruiting coup for the Tigers, he is an extremely rare LSU recruit who does not come from the Southeast or from Texas. He bypassed offers from most of the Big 10 to accept an offer to come down to LSU. He is a high 4-star, almost-5-star player, and you can tell from the stats that he is huge. He is also very quick and athletic.

Unfortunately, his early enrollment put him in a very awkward position earlier this year when Troy Giddens allegedly sucker punched him during an altercation after Giddens had been kicked off the team. The rumors were that Barksdale's jaw was broken, but this has never been officially confirmed. Yeah, I'm not going to miss that Giddens character. The good news is that Barksdale is around and is participating with the team.

Les Miles made some comments during Spring Practice that Joe needs to work on his body. He said that he has a typical freshman body, which I take to mean he's a little flabby and undermuscled for a man of his size and position. I'm sure Moffitt will work diligently to correct that starting today.

Trivia: during the Spring, he roomed with Ricky Jean-Francois.


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