DL Dantrell Barkley (6-4 295) of Independence JC, KS is not well known, yet, in recruiting circles, but that might change in the months to come.
USC recruiter Bobby Bentley has known about Barkley since he was in high school in Kannapolis, NC and Thursday he talked with Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson and landed his first offer from the Gamecocks.
“Coach Muschamp talked to me about how he likes my film, how athletic I am for my size and how well I move,” said Barkley who redshirted last season at Independence. “They seem pretty strong on me and want to get me down there. I’m somewhat familiar with them and I’ve watched them on TV. I like where they are starting from scratch and he’s trying to build a powerhouse back where it used to be.”
Barkley said he will visit USC when he returns home in May or June. He won’t graduate until May of 2018 and he will have three years to play at the next level.
In high school, Barkley said he drew interest from USC, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia. He said besides USC, he’s not hearing from any other schools at this point.