Barker Sounds Off on PSU Camp

Lack of an offer did not rain on Kentucky Class of 2014 quarterback's visit to Happy Valley. He gives an update of a memorable trip to Pennsylvania.

Drew Barker didn't leave Happy Valley with a verbal offer after he attended Penn State's Advanced Skills Camp Saturday. But it didn't dampen the Kentucky Class of 2014 quarterback's trip, either.

“My visit to State College was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm looking forward to getting back and building relationships with the coaches,” Barker said.

After arriving in town Friday to meet with quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, Barker immediately started to get a feel for the football facilities.

“We toured the weight room, indoor facilities, academic center, Beaver Stadium, the locker rooms and all the meeting rooms,” Barker said. “And then we watched some film from the spring game for about 45 minutes with Coach Fisher.”

Barker was impressed by more than the football facilities.

“I liked how the school really made the town,” he said. “Everything revolved around the campus, which I thought was awesome. I've never seen that before.”

Barker was disappointed he didn't get to meet Bill O'Brien on Friday -- O'Brien was the top celebrity at the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on campus. But O'Brien was able to make his impression following camp Saturday.

“I got to talk to Coach O'Brien about how much I enjoyed my visit, and I was excited when he would call me out of drills to have me throw certain routes,” Barker said. “I think they were impressed.”

The Lions will take at least one QB in their Class of 2014 and Barker appears to be a priority target.

“I wasn't concerned when they didn't offer me, because they said they have me at the top of their board,” Barker said. “They said they want to evaluate everyone because quarterback is an important position and I understand that.”

So where do the Nittany Lions stand with Barker?

"I didn't narrow my list yet since I'm so early in the process, but I consider Penn State right up there," Barker said. "I can't wait to continue getting to know the staff and getting to know the school."

Going forward, Barker said his routine with PSU won't change.

“I'll still call Coach Fisher once a week like I have been doing and I will probably go to some other camps, as well,” he said.

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