Notre Dame was host to plenty of the top recruits in the country this past weekend. One of the players making the trip down to South Bend was five-star defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale. The 6-foot-6, 323-pounder out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech had an enjoyable visit to Notre Dame despite witnessing the Irish's stunning loss to Michigan.
"It was a good trip," he said. "I drove up with my family on Friday night and got there very early Saturday morning," he said. "I got to tour the university, saw the game and hung out with a few of the players. I also spent a lot of time with the coaches. I had breakfast with coach Weis and it was a good conversation. He just reiterated the fact they need defensive tackles and talked about their solid recruiting class already.
"I also spent time with coach Haywood and Oliver. They talked a lot like coach Weis about the need for linemen. As for the players, I spent a lot of time with James Aldridge. He was a really cool guy that was easy to talk to and very funny. He told me how he likes how well the coaches treat him there and the education they offer is a great opportunity."
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Though the game was a disappointment, Barksdale didn't let it get him down about the Irish.
"First of all the loss in the game really didn't count against them at all for me," he said. "In fact, by watching the game I saw where I can fit in and help them stop the run. I saw that the defensive tackles have good technique, but they are a little small and were worn out by the end of the game.
"The atmosphere at the game was electric. That's the best word for it. Everybody there loves Notre Dame and was very supportive of their team. I liked to see that."
All in all, the visit was a good one for the Rivals100 lineman as he rated the trip a perfect 10.
"It was a fun visit and opened my eyes," he said. "It was so much better than I expected it to be."
From here, Barksdale is continuing to work on visits to other schools.
"I'm looking at going to Southern Cal on November 24th and LSU on November 10th," he said. "Most likely I'll be taking on to Ohio State too. The coaches want me to take that visit last.
As for a decision, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country is considering announcing at the Army All-American game.
"I'm thinking about doing it there," he said. "It's another football accomplishment for me and a real honor. It will definitely help me to see where I am in relation to other players around the country and get me ready for college football."