Just days after Conner High School quarterback Drew Barker made his way to Lexington to visit Kentucky's Blue-White Spring Game, the Wildcats returned the favor Wednesday with a trip to Hebron to check in on the four-star prospect.
"Coach (Neal) Brown came up today," Barker said. "Technically, he couldn't talk to me or anything like that, but he was here at our school from about 11:30 to 4:30 or 5:00 talking football with my coach, discussing 'The Air Raid' offense and all of that stuff since it's similar to what we do in our spread offense. He also watched me practice. I'm going to give him a call later on to see what he thought."
Barker (6-4, 205) is rated the No. 7 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2014 by FOX Sports Next and Scout. He is coming off a junior season which saw him pass for 2,072 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 1,455 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He is expecting this to be a busy week of college coaches stopping by Conner High School.
"Among the ones who haven't offered yet, I think Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn and possibly Virginia Tech will be here," said Barker, whose list of scholarship offers currently includes programs like UK, Miami, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Purdue, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Illinois, Mississippi State, Indiana and Cincinnati.
If they want to get in the hunt for his services, they may need to act quickly. Barker said he plans to narrow his list "soon" and currently expects to make a college decision in May.
"I don't want it to be a distraction once our season starts," said Barker, who has visited UK, South Carolina and Tennessee this spring. "I definitely plan on making my decision before then."
On Friday and Saturday, he was in Lexington for another look at the Cats. It marked the third time he has been on the UK campus this spring, so there wasn't a lot of new information to be logged, but Barker described it as a good experience.
"The biggest thing that stood out to me was the fans," he said. "I was shocked by how many people came out (for the spring game). I thought it would be nice, but nowhere near 50,000. And the 'Cat Walk' was awesome. People had signs for me and were saying 'Come be a hero.' It was a lot of fun."
As for the game itself, Barker said "They held back a lot of stuff. That wasn't anything like what their offense will really look like this season. With it being on TV, I don't think they wanted to show everything they plan on doing, but I've seen a lot of that in practice, and it's impressive.
"It was still good to see them in a real-game situation. I had a great time."
Brown takes in Barker's practice
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