Height/Weight: 6-4, 210 lbs.
Hometown: Hebron, KY
It doesn’t take a football expert to see that Kentucky desperately needs help at the quarterback position moving forward. The state’s top signal caller, Drew Barker, made a relatively early decision to commit to the Wildcats to try and fill this need.
With prototypical size and a prolific arm, Barker possesses all of the traits you look for in a quarterback on paper, but his addition to the program means so much more than that.
As an Army All-American, he was able to bring the program into the national spotlight and his decision to commit to UK over numerous other offers and then immediately turn his attention to recruiting other top players to join him in Lexington was undoubtedly one of the key factors in Kentucky’s impressive class.
Barker was then able to enroll early and he has actually already joined the team as he prepares for spring practices in just a few short weeks.
With so much uncertainty at the quarterback position, Barker’s head start should put him right into the mix for the starting quarterback job despite his status as a true freshman. Fans should get accustomed to seeing Barker as the face of this football program’s future.
Has shown that he can make a decision in rhythm while in the pocket and later decisions while on the move. Also makes good zone-read decisions on option runs out of the shotgun. An aggressive playmaker with very good confidence in his abilities as a passer and as a runner — you can tell he is confident.
Barker has a definite upside in a conventional offense from under center or out of the shotgun, and he contributes with his arm and with the mobility to make throws on the move and get first downs with his feet. His mechanics are consistent and the tools are present to work with here, but the level of competition is something to scrutinize.