When people think of junior college players, most automatically assume they're underachievers that couldn't cut it in high school. That was partially the case for Garden City (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Shukree Barfield, but he's gone a long way to change that.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder technically is still classified as a freshman, but he's worked hard enough in the classroom to catch back up and will be officially a sophomore at semester.
"Coaches can't contact me yet because I'm still listed as a freshman," he said. "So I don't know what's going to be interested in me. I'm interested in about anybody."
Barfield, a three-star recruit out of high school, signed with Rutgers out of high school after taking official visits to Kentucky, Miami and Tennessee.
Barfield sounds like he had the type of season that will make him a heavily recruited prospect. He had 54 tackles and five sacks. He also had an interception recruit for a touchdown.
"We were at their 30-yard line, and the ball was tipped by the running back," he said. "I swooped in under it and took it all the way."