Barker Visits Buckeyes and Cardinals

Barker Visits Buckeyes and Cardinals

Conner (Ky.) Hebron junior quarterback Drew Barker, a prospect with six offers, visited Ohio State and Louisville over the weekend. He recapped what he thought, what each of those coaching staffs told him, and the list of schools who contacted him on September 1st.

A mobile 6'4, 205-lb signal caller, Drew Barker is one of the more sought after juniors at his position in the Midwest. This weekend, he visited two of the schools who are recruiting him the hardest, starting with Ohio State on Saturday.

"Ohio State was great. That was my first game ever there, so it was pretty cool to be there for that. The stadium was rocking, 105,000 people, that's just insane. I pretty much expected a pretty crazy atmosphere and as far as the team went, I was primarily watching the offense. I thought they did a lot of things similar to my high school. They started a little slow, but later in the game, it got a lot better and I think I could fit in pretty good."

Barker worked with the Buckeyes at camp over the summer, and was able to speak to their coaches again and find out where he stands as far as an Ohio State offer.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach Herman and Coach Coombs and Coach Meyer just briefly. They were just letting me know that, to start it off, I had a great game last Friday and we were talking about that and then said they have four or maybe a fifth guy that they're sticking with for 2014 quarterbacks and the offer will come out of one of those guys."

Barker knows just where he stands with Louisville, as the Cardinals have already offered, and had him up for their game on Sunday.

"Tht was my first time ever at Louisville for a football game. I had been there before on a recruiting visit, but not for a game or spring game or anything and I came away really impressed. I didn't expect the atmosphere to be that crazy. That place is just rocking. The fans were going nuts and the atmosphere was really awesome."

Just as he had at Ohio State, Barker paid close attention to the offense at Louisville, and for the second straight visit, saw a system he believes he could play in.

"The same thing goes for them with Coach Watson, his playcalling and the offense they run. I think I could fit in really well there too. Coach Strong made a good point. He said I can run the ball and pass the ball. With Teddy, they don't really run him as much, but he said if I came there, they can incorporate that in there, which would make the offense even better, so that's a good situation to be in."

Barker's other offers are from South Carolina, Cincinnati, Purdue, Illinois, and Western Kentucky, and his e-mail and Facebook inboxes started to become more active on September 1st.

"I got contacted by a bunch of schools. The new ones I'd say are Mississippi State, Oregon, Nebraska. Michigan State, they're really turning up the heat. I hadn't talked to them in awhile. Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Cincinnati, Purdue, LSU, just, pretty much all the schools that have offered contacted me and all the other ones, Alabama too."

This Thursday, Barker will travel to Cincinnati to see the Bearcats take on Pittsburgh.

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