Bama evaluating in-state sleeper Kaleb Barker

Alabama has of course done well with in-state recruits in the 2016 cycle, but it doesn’t mean Nick Saban and company are finished evaluating local seniors. Priceville’s Kaleb Barker could be one to watch following his first Tuscaloosa trip.

If you’re a football fan in the state of Alabama, you’ve heard of Priceville (Ala.) standout Kaleb Barker by now.

The class of 2016 prospect, who plays quarterback and defensive back at the prep level, overcame an ACL tear last season in a big way to the point he is threatening to break the state’s single-season touchdown record.

Considerable recruiting attention has yet to arrive, despite nearly 40 total touchdowns and more than 3,000 total yards from scrimmage on a 6-foot-2, 200-plus pound frame, as no football offers have been extended his way. However, Alabama invited him in for a game experience Saturday during its defeat of Arkansas.

“It was a great experience, now I just have to get my stuff to them and see what happens,” Barker said. “They liked my film a lot, coach (Mel) Tucker hadn’t seen it yet, but he said he’s going to take a closer look so he doesn’t miss a good player.

“I might go back for the LSU game, I would like to.”

It was Barker’s first Bryant-Denny Stadium experience on a game day.

“It was everything you want it to be, they have a great fan base and it was very loud,” he said.

Troy will host the emerging talent this coming weekend and then Auburn will for its SEC West clash against Ole Miss. Samford has been the only other program to host the senior this fall.

Barker is hoping one of these visits includes a recruiting breakthrough.

“I’m just going to stay hungry and trust,” he said. “It’s all part of a plan.”


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