Feb. 7, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Tres Barksdale, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound wide receiver from Solon (Ohio) High School, has been added to the 2012 Michigan State football roster as a preferred walk-on, according to an announcement made Tuesday, Feb. 7 by Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio.
A three-year starter for Coach Jim McQuaide, Barksdale helped the Comets to a combined record of 34-4 (.895), including three-straight Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Championships and three-consecutive playoff appearances.
As a senior, he earned Associated Press honorable mention Northeast All-District and first-team all-league honors after finishing second on the team in receptions with 32 for 411 yards (12.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2011. Barksdale caught six passes for 114 yards in the regional semifinals against Mentor, including TD grabs for 4 and 70 yards. He had six catches for 53 yards and a score in the regular-season meeting against Mentor. Barksdale was named one of the team captains and one of the NOC Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. Heading into his senior season, he was ranked among the Top 50 players in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer (No. 35).
"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."
As a junior, Barksdale ranked second on the team with 20 receptions for 383 yards (19.2 avg.) and four TDs en route to being named honorable mention all-league. He had a season-best two TD catches against Worthington Kilbourne.
Barksdale burst onto the scene as a sophomore, earning first-team all-league honors after catching 38 passes for 578 yards (15.2 avg.) and five scores. His 38 receptions are the sixth-best single-season total in Solon history. He had two TD receptions each against Parma and Strongsville.
His prep career totals included 90 receptions for 1,372 yards (15.2 avg.) and 14 TDs.
A talented midfielder in lacrosse, Barksdale earned Division I First-Team All-Ohio honors (Ohio High School Lacrosse Association) as a junior in 2011.