Michael Barnett, a four-star defensive end out of South Carolina, has committed to Florida State, as expected. Barnett, of Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland High School, committed over offers from Clemson and N.C. State, as well as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and others.
Barnett spent four days at Florida State's recent camp, and showed well. He is 6'4.25 and 256 pounds, which was bigger and stronger than most expected entering the event. He has the potential to play at 275 pounds or more.
Barnett told Tomahawk Nation that he would soon have his decision after leaving the camp, and indeed, his commitment comes just a day later.
"I wanted to see how Coach Sal [Sunseri] coaches his defensive ends," Barnett said. "I want to play for a coach who will coach me hard and put me in the NFL."
Im Proud To Announce That I`ll Be Spending My Next 3-4 Years At Florida State University !— Michael Barnett Jr. (@JermaineJr77) June 15, 2014
Barnett is Florida State's 12th commitment of the 2015 class (13th if you are inclined to include JUCO tight end recruit Josh McNeil). He is the first defensive end in the class, and Florida State is expected to take one or two more.
Here is Barnett's film. Having seen him in a camp setting, I believe that he is a player who performs better with pads on, as opposed to in shorts and a t-shirt.
Barnett was particularly impressed with seeing Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. go through a ridiculous drill -- one that coach Sal Sunseri said that he had only seen Julius Peppers do previously.
Barnett wants to major in sports broadcasting. In addition to Sunseri, whose NFL experience made an impression on Barnett, coach Jay Graham should be credited with landing Barnett, as he recruits Carolina for the Seminoles.