LSU after 2014 Kentucky QB early

Drew Barker has heard from Brick Haley and Steve Kragthorpe this week, putting him on the LSU radar very early into his recruitment process.

LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has kept himself busy on the recruiting trail the past few months, making calls throughout the day and hitting the road to visit with recruits and high school coaches in person.

Tuesday night, rising junior quarterback Drew Barker dialed up Kragthorpe, and the call turned into a lengthy first conversation between Kragthorpe and one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterback prospects from the Class of 2014.

"We talked about life and football," Barker said. "It was great. He was really cool, and we even joked around a little."

When it came to talking football, the conversation shifted to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Barker's abilities between the white lines.

As a sophomore last fall, Barker, the starting quarterback at Conner High in Hebron, Ky., passed for 1,473 yards and 7 touchdowns and rushed for 1,570 yards and 22 TDs.

"Coach Kragthorpe said he was very interested in me and wanted to keep strengthening our relationship," Barker said. "He wants me to come visit Baton Rouge for camp.

"He made a point that I try my best to get down there and visit and check everything out."

With an offer already in from Louisville, attention from LSU has piqued Barker's interest – in large part because of what he has heard about the atmosphere around the program.

"The fan base is crazy down in Baton Rouge," Barker said. "They live and die LSU football, which I think is amazing. And they play in the SEC, which has the best competition.

"They are always a national title contender, and they have one of the best coaches in football right now in Les Miles.

"I think (Miles) is a high character guy, and his knowledge of the game is incredible. I also like how he chews on grass."

On Monday, Barker spoke with LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, which gave him a heavy dose of influence from the Tigers as the spring evaluation period stays in motion.

"It felt very good to know that the LSU coaches are interested in me," Barker said. "They had contacted me only a little bit before then, but now I'm talking with Coach Kragthorpe and Coach Haley, so my relationships are definitely growing."

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