This has been a very difficult decision, but I feel the university I’m choosing is the best overall fit for me academically, athletically and socially,” Barker said. “So with that being said, I’ll be pursuing my football career at the University of Kentucky.
And Barker embraced his lifelong dream as he became a Kentucky Wildcat.
Well, lifelong until about a year ago when he realized his home-state Cats weren’t pursuing him with former head coach Joker Phillips at the helm. But once Phillips was dismissed and Mark Stoops was bought to town, he and new offensive coordinator Neal Brown went all-in on working to restore Barker’s desire to play for UK.
Since Kentucky never seriously recruited him, other BCS programs like South Carolina and Tennessee began pursuing the signal-caller out of Hebron , Ky, and it looked as though Barker was destined to become the latest home-grown Kentucky boy to leave for greener pastures.
But Stoops and Brown’s never-say-die attitude, combined with a rejuvenated dedication to making Kentucky football relevant caused Barker to choose UK when decision time was here.
Six months ago, I definitely didn’t think I’d be putting on a UK hat. It was the toughest the decision I’ve ever had to make and it’s not even close.
But he put it on, and now he’ll be putting on a UK helmet when he gets to campus in 2014, and Brown already has told Barker what has in store for the UK offense:
Coach Brown told me they’re going to pass it low 50s or upper 40s every game.
Having watched Drew Barker light it up through the air and on the ground, the thought of him chucking it 50 times at any opposing defense will be a fun to watch.