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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Vols, Vandy, Ole Miss impress Barnett

By Mitch Sherman

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Defensive end Derek Barnett (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) looked forward to a meeting this offseason with Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School).

After all, Richmond’s team ended the season for Barnett last November with a one-point win the state-playoff semifinal round.

Barnett said he thought he earned a victory over Richmond on Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp on the home turf of the coveted 2015 offensive tackle.

“I want to go up against the best,” Barnett said, “so I was like, ‘Come on, let’s battle.’ It went well. I got the best of him. He got me a few times, but I think I won that one.”

Barnett said he holds scholarship offers from Florida State and Duke (both of which pursued him early), Texas A&M, LSU, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

He hears most about the schools closest to home -- Vandy and UT -- and Ole Miss when he travels west in Tennessee toward Memphis.

“Tennessee, Vandy, Ole Miss are all headed in the same direction, going upward,” Barnett said. “It’s going to be a hard decision. I’m going to take all my visits, and wherever I feel comfortable at the end of the day, that’s where I’ll go.”

He recently visited Vanderbilt and plans to make an unofficial visit this week to Tennessee. Barnett said he hopes to visit Ohio State and Florida State in the summer.