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2012: Cal's No. 7 recruit according to Athlon, while Phil Steele pegs him as the nation's No. 24 linebacker.
DE LA SALLE HS: An All-American selection of MaxPreps, Prepstar and SuperPrep as a 2011 senior when he recorded 103 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defended, one fumble recovery and one punt block with a 34 yard-return ... played in the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following his senior season ... the 2011 MaxPreps California Division I Player of the Year as well as a first-team All-State choice of MaxPreps and ESPN ... also the 2011 East Bay Player of the Year according to the San Francisco Chronicle and the East Bay's Defensive MVP by the Bay Area News Group ... a finalist for ESPN High School California's 2011 California Mr. Football ... tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports ... ranked as high as the No. 10 inside linebacker in the country in his final prep campaign according to MaxPreps, while Rivals listed him as No. 11 ... ESPN had him as its No. 19 linebacker, while SuperPrep put him at No. 35 ... ranked as the No. 28 player overall in the state of California by ESPN and No. 39 according to Rivals, while SuperPrep had him at No. 31 in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... named a Super Soph by GoldenStatePreps in 2009 when he posted 72 tackles for the first of two consecutive seasons, ranking third in the East Bay Athletic League as a 2010 junior ... played on successful prep teams that combined to go 40-3 during his three varsity campaigns from 2009-11 ... 2010 junior squad was unbeaten at 14-0 and the nation's No. 1 ranked team, while 13-1 senior squad in 2011 was No. 1 in California, No. 3 nationally, and winners of the California Open Bowl Division and the East Bay League ... had nine tackles in the California Open Bowl Division win ... 13-2 sophomore team in 2009 was ranked No. 5 in California ... MaxPreps said "His instincts and diagnostic skills are second to none. He flows to the ball extremely well and does a good job of avoiding traffic, and once he gets there he knows how to hammer home his message."
PERSONAL: Full name is Michael Anthony Barton ... born August 27, 1994 ... parents are Mike Barton and Chakay McDonald ... major is undeclared.
LAST UPDATED: September 13, 2012