Barker talks UofL camp experience

Drew Barker, one of the best 2014 quarterbacks in the midwest, told that Louisville could be a "perfect" fit after attending Charlie Strong's football camp last weekend.

Drew Barker, a talented 2014 quarterback from Hebron, Ky., is having a productive summer.

With early offers from Louisville, Cincinnati and Illinois already on the table, the 6'3, 210 pound Barker added offers from Purdue and Western Kentucky on Monday.

Barker has been a busy guy, attending camps at Louisville on Saturday and Purdue Monday. Barker will camp at Northwestern Tuesday and Vanderbilt this coming weekend. Later this summer, Barker will attend camps at Ohio State, Cincinnati, Alabama, South Carolina, Michigan and possibly Tennessee.

"The whole month of June is really packed," Barker said. "I feel like I've been throwing good and Purdue offered today. I thought it was great. The coaches were all nice and made me feel like a family atmosphere. They have a great tradition with quarterbacks and it would be awesome to be a part of that."

Louisville, the first to offer Barker a scholarship, had an opportunity to work him out during camp last weekend.

"They were the first school to offer and that was really huge," said Barker. "Coach Watson and I have a great relationship. Every time I go down there I'm really more impressed. I really like what they're doing down there with Coach Strong and his staff."

Shawn Watson, the Cardinals offensive coordinator, gave Barker positive feedback on his camp performance.

"Coach Watson told me that I did really well," Barker said. "He said I have a really good skill set. That was very encouraging to hear."

Barker wasn't the only standout 2014 quarterback in attendance at Louisville's camp Saturday. Trinity star Reggie Bonnafon, who also has an offer from the Cards, was in camp this weekend.

"Me and Reggie are really good friends and we've been going to all these camps," Barker said. "It's a healthy competition."

While he has several attractive scholarship offers on the table, Barker isn't ready to name favorites in his recruitment.

"It's way too early to decide favorites because it's only going to be my junior year so I'm still going to weigh out all my options and see how everything goes," said Barker. "We're looking at the academics, the campus lifestyle, the people around the program. You want to pick a school to go to even if you weren't playing football. That's a big deciding factor."

"I just want to make sure I find the best fit possible."

Barker said Louisville could be a perfect fit.

"Coach Strong is bringing in these top guys," Barker said. "Watching the Army All-American game there were two guys committing to Louisville. That right there shows you what he's doing.

"As for the offense, I think it's a perfect fit for me. Coach Watson is a good coach and I like the offense he runs. The comfort level is great with all the coaches. They're all very approachable."

Barker says he hopes to make a college decision early next summer before the start of his last high school season.

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