Barker Performs Well At Friday Night Lights

The Ohio State coaching staff isn't ready to offer 2014 quarterbacks. However, Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., said he performed better at Friday Night Lights than his previous workouts this summer in Columbus. Because of that Barker is now one of five 2014 quarterbacks OSU is looking at. Get the full story inside.

The Ohio State coaching staff has told most 2014 talents that they're still in the process of evaluating which players are worthy of a scholarship. When it specifically comes to quarterbacks entering their junior seasons, the Buckeyes staff could wait until midway through the season before extending offers.

Friday Night Lights had a handful of top 2014 signal callers on hand, all of which were vying for affinity from the Ohio State coaching staff, and one of those that stood out was Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky.

Though Barker left the camp having not earned a scholarship, Meyer told reaffirmed that he'd be one of the Buckeyes' top targets at quarterback in the 2014 class.

"The coaches said that they are not going to offer anyone until about midway through the season so they can see about five or six of our games," Barker told "I am going to be calling coach Herman once a week and talking about the games and they will come up and watch a couple of games."

Barker has become an intriguing prospect to Ohio State specifically because Meyer compared him to his former quarterback Alex Smith, the former Utah signal caller that eventually became the No. 1 in the NFL Draft in 2005.

In his first season in varsity last year, Barker threw for 1,009 yards and rushed for 1,371 more. At first glance, he looks like a typical pro-style quarterback. A closer look at his tape reveals something completely different – a rushing threat.

In his final two games of his sophomore season, however, he threw for six touchdowns as he came along as a passer. Barker anticipates he'll be a much better passer in his first varsity season as an upperclassman.

"I think that's going to be the major difference in my game this year," Barker said after the camp. "I am going to have a lot more passing yards and passing touchdowns because I feel that I have matured mentally, watching film and reading defenses and everything. I am going to be used to the speed (of varsity) because it is not going to be my first time because I have been there before."

The camp offered Barker a unique opportunity to compete against other top quarterbacks in his class in front of the Ohio State coaching staff. Throwing next to those prospects helped Barker raise his game.

Other quarterbacks at Friday Night Lights were DeShone Kizer of Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic, Caleb Henderson of Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock, and Joey Duckworth of Louisville, Ohio.

"I loved the competition against those guys," Barker said. "That is what I love to do because I am a competitor. I see them and everybody on the Internet is talking about them so it is always fun going against them. It is like a competitive relationship because we are friends off of the field, but when we are on the field we are still encouraging each other but we are out there competing. It is really fun."

The 6-4, 205-pounder, who has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Purdue, South Carolina and others, already competed in camps at Ohio State this summer, but he felt he showed his best stuff under the lights in Ohio Stadium.

"I felt that I did pretty well and I was a lot more consistent than when I came here for the last camp which is a good sign," Barker said. "I just talked to coach Herman and he said that I did really well. He also said that he has a board with about five guys across the country on it and he said that I was on there so that is a good sign."

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