It had already been rated as one of the best classes of receivers in the country, but on Tuesday the Spartans added to that group when they announced Tres Barksdale of Solon (Ohio) High School had accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on.
Barksdale had committed to play football at Georgetown before getting the offer from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Barksdale caught 90 passes for 1,372 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career and helped lead his team to three straight championships in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
“Tres Barksdale is an outstanding all-around athlete, who comes from a very good high school program,” Dantonio said. “He has attended our summer camps, so we have first-hand knowledge of his skill set. Tres has great size, so he can go over the middle or up in a crowd to make a catch. He’s also displayed the ability to gain yards after the catch. We look forward to his further development as a player and believe he’ll have a very productive career at Michigan State.”