"Yeah, the main guys I talk to are Coach Butch Jones, Coach Mark Elder, and the main one, which is Coach Bajakian, who is the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. They went from UC to UT, and I have a really good relationship with them. UC was the second school to offer me, so they really believe in me and trust in me."
Barker was able to make it down to Knoxville for a visit, but now that he has an offer, he hopes to take a return trip.
"I went there this summer, but I just saw practice stuff, I didn't get to to see a whole lot, so we're going to go down early next year, January-February, take a tour and talk to the coaches."
He is also happy to have the Tar Heel offer, as they are a school he believes will get the most out of him.
"I've actually been talking with North Carolina for awhile. The primary recruiter for me for them is Coach Anderson, the quarterback coach and we have a good relationship. I've watched them play a couple of times on TV. I like the style of offense they run and how Coach Anderson uses them and utilizes their skills. If I went there, I know he'd use my skills to the best of my abilities."
As for a visit to Chapel Hill, Barker says, "I have not. I plan on making my decision in March or April, so it could be anywhere from January, February, March, or April that I get over there, but I definitely plan to go there."
Barker may cut his list down before making his decision, or he says he may just make it from the full list of schools that have offered him by that point.
Currently, his offer list includes Cincinnati, Purdue, Louisville, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, and Western Kentucky, he also has a host of other schools recruiting him. When he does make the decision, he says it will come down mainly to one thing.
"Basically just relationships with the people. I know coaches can leave any time and stuff like that, but definitely the relationships you make, not with only coaches, but other players. You get to meet players, people on the campus, when I was at South Carolina, I got to meet the president of the school so that was cool to talk to him. Proximity isn't really a factor, but academics, and it will basically be made on relationships."