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Last Chance U
After documenting the last two football seasons at East Mississippi Community college, the hit Netflix series ‘Last Chance U’ has begun filming at a new location: Independence Community College in Kansas.
South Carolina defensive tackle commitment Dantrell Barkley, a redshirt freshman at Independence, told SEC Country on Tuesday a camera crew from the show was present at a function on Monday.
Barkley, who finished watching Season 2 last weekend, will be enrolled at South Carolina once Season 3 is added to Netflix next summer.
“It’s going to be pretty cool and when I go to South Carolina,” Barkley said. “People are going to recognize me from the TV show. That will be pretty cool. It’s something to look forward to.”
In the meantime, Barkley plans to be on his best behavior, especially when the cameras are nearby. He doesn’t want to embarrass his friends and family back home in Kannapolis, N.C.
“It’s a funny story,” he said. “I got that a lot, because people saw it on Twitter, stuff like that. They’re like, ‘Oh, you’re going to get on TV, don’t act any different, just be yourself.’
“But I don’t want to make where I’m from look bad as a whole area.”
The same could be said about his future home in Columbia.
“It’s not necessarily what you do, but more how you say things, because the outside world is going to take things the wrong way,” Barkley said, “So you’ve got to watch what you say a lot. For me, it’s more I’ve got to watch what I say, more than my actions.”
On the field
Barkley, a 3-star recruit, is ranked as the No. 4 junior college DT in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. Nationally, he’s No. 13 overall.
Not too shabby for a guy who didn’t play a single snap last season at the JUCO level.
“I’ve actually slimed down a lot more than where I was when I was a redshirt,” Barkley said. “I’m probably about 275, so more just working on technique, being able to show everybody who I am, get my name out there more, being able to play at a high level, so people can people can put a name with a face and figure out how I got an offer (after) being a redshirt.”
When he reported to Independence last summer, Barkley weighed 295 pounds.
“Last year, during our conditioning test, I struggled way more than I did (this year),” he said. “When I ran, I felt way lighter. I can do more movements. I actually did that so I can play more snaps, play at a higher level.”
Before moving on to the JUCO level, Barkley attended A.L. Brown High School, where he played in the Battle for the Bell against Concord (N.C.) High School, which is home to 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge, one of the top remaining recruits for South Carolina’s 2018 class.
“I’ve watched him grow as a player,” Barkley said. “I talk to him every now and then. I’m still trying to get him to come to South Carolina. … I think he’s a pretty good fit for us, overall. I think he’s a pretty cool guy.”