And they rejoiced. After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality was about six months, Drew Barker chose Kentucky over South Carolina and Tennessee in a ceremony at Conner High School. It has been a tense wait, with Wildcat fans knowing that they started this race in the hole and had to dig their way out.
Barker is rated the #6 Pro-Style quarterback in the nation and the #153 overall prospect according to Rivals.com. He is the top player in the state of Kentucky and the top recruit on Kentucky’s board, regardless of position. Holding offers from practically every school East of the Mississippi, he has been invited to try out for the Elite11. He plans on graduating in December and enrolling early in order to go through spring practice. Barker has also been quoted as saying he doesn’t mind a redshirt during his freshman year.
At 6’3”, 214 lbs. with running ability to match his passing, Barker is a great get in his own right. But given Kentucky’s depth at quarterback, his more immediate impact will be on the 2014 recruiting class. This commitment could start a domino effect that would be felt in Ohio, Kentucky and possibly in the Carolinas (WR Braxton Berrios is close to Barker). Drew is the type of talent that will draw other talents to Lexington in order to play with him when his turn comes.