Barnett still has Clemson outside his top five

April 3, 2014 

DE Michael Barnett of Woodland took in Tuesday's practice at USC and he left Columbia with the Gamecocks still outside his current top five.

"It was pretty good," he said of the visit. "I was just looking at the football facilities. Can't deny the fact that South Carolina is beautiful. But it (the visit) didn't really do anything, didn't change anything. They're still outside the top five.

Barnett talked to recruiter Everette Sands along with defensive line coach Deke Adams and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward while there. "They just want me to get back up there for a school day so they can show me the broadcasting school," said Barnett who wants to major in broadcasting. "They said they are going to recruit me hard. Coach Adams and coach Sands said they will be at my spring practice."

Barnett said he has no other visits planned right now but wants to get to Georgia over his spring break.

His top five remains NC State, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State in no order. And he said he still has high interest in Clemson. He talked with the Tigers last week and hopes to visit there over the summer. Barnett, who once was committed to Virginia Tech, said he will not be making an early decision this time.

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