Clemson and USC have some catching up to do when it comes to junior DE Michael Barnett (6-4 248) of Woodland. Right now he favors Virginia Tech, Florida and Florida State in that order.
"I really like their coaching staff," Barnett said of the Hokies. "It's like a family environment. Everything is like right there. It feels like home to me."
Clemson has offered Barnett but USC has not at this point. He also has offers from Tennessee and NC State along with his three favorites. Barnett camped at Clemson this summer and remains in touch with recruiters Tony Elliott and Marion Hobby. He's also hearing from USC. He also camped at Auburn and is getting interest from the Tigers.
Barnett plans to attend games at several schools this fall. He won't make a decision until next year prior to his season or after his senior season.
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As a sophomore he had 63 tackles with 17 for loss and 12 sacks.