"I have tried to evolve as a quarterback over the past year. We had a senior ahead of me last year, so I only played a little, but going through the spring, getting out to all the 7v7 tournaments, and getting the game experience has really helped me get a lot better. I am just trying to get better every week now," Brooks Barden told Scout.
Getting better he is.
He has led Cartersville to a perfect 7-0 record this season and having his dad as the head coach helps.
"My dad being a coach is huge for me and he gives me a real advantage. We are always talking football, we will go home and work on the white board, we will watch tape together, and having him has been an advantage not many others have."
Frank Barden, Brooks' father has been coaching for 28 years, so he knows the game. He has passed much knowledge down to his son.
"I think I am a smart player. I have studied the game a lot, I know the game well, and now it is just about putting it together on the field. That is what I am trying to do this season."
He talks about each one.
Duke: "It is a huge academic school and as soon as you graduate, you will get a big job. Coach Cutcliffe is getting the football on track too, so I like both academics and football there."
Georgia: "I like Athens, it is a great town. Georgia is full of good people and I really like the coaches at Georgia."
Tennessee: "I really love it up at Tennessee. They are building new facilities, the coaches are great, and I enjoy it each time I visit."
All three of those schools appeal to Barden for multiple reasons, but one is that they are not too far from home.
Distance could play into his decision down the road, but it will not be the biggest factor for him.
"Location may play into my decision, but the biggest thing will be my relationship with the coaches," said the No. 24 quarterback in the 2014 class. "I just want be comfortable with those I play for."
Nobody knows who Barden will play for once his time at Cartersville is up. He has not received offer one yet and he tries not to think about it too much.
"I do not think about it a lot. I just stay focused on the team and when it comes, it comes. I think Duke would be closest based on what I have been told so far, but I am not worried about that too much right now."