Feb 5, 2014 11:16 AM
Drew Barker (QB, 6-3, 217)
Burlington, KY (Conner HS)
One of the most prolific performers in Kentucky high school history ... Strong-armed, accurate passer who also made plays with his legs ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Conner HS in Hebron, Ky. ... Led Conner to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and the second round of the playoffs as a junior and senior ... During his career, completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 6,264 yards and 62 touchdowns ... Ran for 3,931 yards and 51 TDs ... Threw for 2,671 yards and 34 scores during stellar senior season ... First-team all-state by The Associated Press ... Named to the "Class of the Commonwealth" team by the Lexington Herald-Leader ... Finalist for "Mr. Football" ... District Player of the Year ... Four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com ... The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky according to Rivals and the No. 6 quarterback in the nation ... Attended the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp during the summer of 2013 ... Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, 2014 ... Completed 4 of 6 passes for 54 yards and led two touchdown drives for the winning West team ... Coached by Dave Trosper, who said, "Drew has an exceptional arm, one of the best I've seen in 22 years (of coaching), and great touch. I've always said that good players become great by being a hard worker and student of the game. That's what separates him - he's a student of the game." ... All-district honoree in basketball ... Honor-roll student ...Member of the Future Business Leaders of America ... Did community service work with the Never Give Up Foundation ... After numerous scholarship offers, chose Kentucky over South Carolina and Tennessee ... "Staying at home and representing the state," Barker said of his decision. "I know that the coaching staff will bring in good players. This is the best decision for me athletically and academically."
Coach Stoops says: "It was very important (to sign him) because Drew is one of the top players in the state along with being a national recruit. It's very important to get great players from your home state. Not only is he an Elite 11 quarterback he also has the leadership skills we look for in a quarterback."