Quarterback- Pocket Passer
6’4”, 210 lbs.
Scout: #5 PP
247: #6 PP
Potential Schools: UK, Vandy, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati, WKU and more.
Now that the Class of 2013 is pretty much in the books, it’s time to turn our attention to this year’s Juniors (after all, yesterday was Junior Day). I thought I’d start dabbling into this class with Conner High School QB Drew Barker; after all, talking about a Northern Kentucky guy that’s a QB should make my job VERY easy. Not only did Drew Barker make my Sunday morning easy, his highlight tape made my jaw drop. When I saw that he was one of the nation’s top pocket passers, I didn’t expect to see him consecutively throw two guys to the ground with stiffarms (it’s around the 1:10 mark).
Barker brings to the table a very complete game. I don’t want to call him Johnny Football, but I can’t stop myself from drawing comparisons. He runs the mesh very well; he’s not afraid to hit the hole and has deceptive speed by taking long strides in the open field (I also mentioned that he stiffarms people into the ground, correct?). His exceptional footwork is unlike most high school juniors. You can appreciate the fundamental nature of his footwork and the fact that he doesn’t stray too far away from it when under pressure. His smooth release is very high, giving him pinpoint accuracy and allowing him to get rid of the ball quickly when under pressure. All of those intangibles are great (do I need to mention the stiffarms again?), but what I appreciate most is his patience. You rarely see a JR QB sit in the pocket and go through his checks until he finds that 4th-option Wide Receiver.
I was impressed with his skill set, but I’m more happy that I personally “discovered” this kid today. I know people have been talking about him some, but they do not realize how important Barker could be for the Kentucky football program and Mark Stoops. The QBs in the system now will not have the opportunity to see mainstream success at Kentucky, simply because it’s going to take a couple of years to become competitive. When Barker is a Sophomore it will be Stoops/Brown’s 3rd year at UK: year 3 will be Kentucky’s chance to shake up the SEC with Barker as the Starting QB. Neal Brown must be licking his chops because Barker is the perfect fit for the Air Raid, bringing great pocket passing to the table with a run option. Fans will not be able to contain their excitement when a Kentucky boy has A VERY REAL CHANCE to lead the Cayts to their first SEC Championship game.
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