Will Irish Make Late Push For Barker?

After initially telling four-star quarterback Drew Barker they weren't in the market for a quarterback in 2014, Notre Dame is expected to take a second. What have the Irish told the Kentucky native in the wake of Gunner Kiel's transfer?

Coming off an impressive visit to home-state program Kentucky, FOX Sports NEXT four-star quarterback Drew Barker was rumored to be close to making his college pledge.

However, a few phone calls and the upcoming evaluation period have slowed Barker from pulling the trigger on his college destination.

"Schools will have two more chances to visit me during the evaluation period," explained Barker. "I'm planning on allowing them to come up to my school and talk with me one last time as there are some other schools that have not offered me that are planning on coming to school."

One program that gave Barker a reason to slow down was Notre Dame.

"Notre Dame called me last week and told me that since Gunner Kiel transferred, they are now looking to take a quarterback in the 2014 class," said Barker. "Coach (Chuck) Martin told me the first day he's allowed out he's coming to watch me throw.

"He said he's going to go out and watch several quarterbacks and then after watching them, he'll come back and offer a few of them. He apologized for being late in the game, but stressed they were not really in the market for a quarterback until Kiel transferred."

From his conversation with Martin, Barker got the feeling the Irish could be looking for a quick answer from any quarterback they offer.

How would an offer from the Irish affect his decision process?

"I'll have to sit down and talk with my family," said Barker. "Notre Dame is a very prestigious school and offer. Coach Martin said it will be relatively quick when they make their decision as they are not going to hold out since they have been out of the market."

With Barker just starting spring practice, the Irish should get a solid look at his abilities and be able to make a decision one way or the other. IrishEyes.com will continue to following any developments between the two parties.

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