Barker to visit Cats on Friday, Saturday

Four-star Hebron (Ky.) Conner High School quarterback Drew Barker plans on getting an extended look at the Wildcats this weekend. Read more about the latest on his recruitment in this KyScout update.

Unofficial visits typically only last a few hours before a prospect returns home or moves on to the next stop on a string of school trips.

This weekend will be an exception to that rule for one of the Bluegrass State's top prospects.

Four-star Conner High School quarterback Drew Barker will be making the short trip to UK on Friday morning to see the Wildcats' last day of spring practice and will stay the night in Lexington in order to watch the Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.

If his recent visit schedule is any indication, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Barker is feeling good about the Wildcats' new coaching staff. He was also in Lexington on Monday morning for UK practice at the Nutter Training Center.

"It was good," Barker said of the previous visit. "It was a good chance for me to see the new offense in person, how the coaches worked with the players and how the players responded to the coaches."

And his reaction?

"Fast," Barker said with a laugh. "Very fast-paced. Pretty crazy. But it seemed like they were really into it and having fun. I like the offense a lot. Even though it's really fast-paced, it doesn't seem like it's very hard to pick up. I felt like I could pick it up pretty fast."

Barker said he's hoping to see more of that on Friday, and he's looking forward to seeing what the atmosphere is like at the spring game.

"I just want to see how it looks in a real game situation, or close to it, and how the fans respond and get into it," he added.

Barker, who is rated the No. 7 quarterback in the Class of 2014 by Scout and FOX Sports Next, threw for 2,072 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 1,455 yards and 18 touchdowns. His offer sheet currently stands at 15, including programs like UK, Louisville, Ole Miss, Miami, South Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tennessee and Cincinnati.

He has visited UK, South Carolina and Tennessee this spring.

Has a leader started to emerge?

"Not really," Barker said. "The new contact period starts Monday, so I've been looking forward to hearing from all the schools and maybe a few new ones. I think I'll have a better idea about who's the most serious about me then."

He is believed to be the top quarterback prospect on UK's board in the senior class.

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