Michael Barnett, of Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland, was one of the top competitors at the Atlanta Nike football recruit camp. Barnett has the ideal frame for a strong-side defensive end, at 6'4 and 245 pounds, with length to add more good size. He is a consensus four-star recruit, and decommitted from Virginia Tech in early February. I spoke with Barnett about his recruitment and the chance to compete at the Atlanta Nike.
"It's a great opportunity to show my skills. I hate losing, and I want to show my high motor," Barnett said.
Since decommitting from Virginia Tech, many big schools have been showing interest in Barnett.
"N.C. State, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia," Barnett said. "And Alabama is showing interest as well. It would be nice to have an offer from Oregon because of their uniforms, and I want to see their facility."
Several schools stick out to Barnett: N.C. Sate, Virginia Tech, FSU, UGA and Clemson.
Barnett is being recruited by coaches Elliot and Hoby from Clemson.
"A lot of people from my school, like Ty Hill and Robert Smith have graduated from Clemson," Barnett said. "Clemson is a good school. They tell me it's a Clemson school and I should go to Clemson. But I'm more open. I have a chance to explore all my options."
Coach Graham is recruiting him for the Seminoles.
"He tells me that he wants a spear on my helmet, it's a great program, and I could fit in very well there," Barnett said of his interactions with coach Graham at Florida State.
Barnett has already seen N.C. State several times.
"I like N.C. State and know their coaching staff well," Barnett said.
And the big defensive end wants to visit Georgia soon.
"I've watched Georgia growing up, and I really want to see them during the spring," Barnett said.
Barnett wants to make his decision after his senior season.