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5 Reasons why getting Drew Barker would be a huge deal


We’re only two and a half hours from Drew Barker’s big announcement. While we wait, let’s take a look at why landed him would be such a big deal for the Cats, starting with the obvious:

1. He’s good

The 4-star QB is ranked the 141st best player in the 2014 class by ESPN; 153rd by Rivals; and 87th by 247. He’s considered the 6th best pro-style QB in the country (Rivals, 7 by ESPN & 247) and is unanimously ranked the top player in the state of Kentucky. Beyond the stats, many think he’s the best quarterback to come from the state in the past twenty years. If he commits, he’ll take UK’s 2014 class from 24th to 18th in Rivals’ rankings. Even more, he’ll be the third-highest rated recruit UK has signed in the era (2002).


2. The Domino Effect

As Nick Roush wrote about the other day, a commitment from Barker may lead to commitments from other top recruits. Several of UK’s top targets have become friends with him and wanting to be his teammate at the college level, with 3-star DT Matt Elam going as far to say Barker’s possible commitment to UK is one reason he likes the Cats. Barker made friends with a lot of the guys UK is chasing at the Spring Game (see picture above), and a commitment from him could start a movement of elite talent to the Bluegrass, including Elam, 4-star WR Derek Kief, 3-star safety Darius West, and 3-star safety Mike Edwards.

3. The “Come be a hero” movement grows

When Mark Stoops took over, he made keeping good in-state talent in the state a priority, starting with Jason Hatcher and Ryan Timmons. His pitch? “Come be a hero.” For years, other top schools (and Louisville) have poached Kentucky’s elite players, and in order for UK to be a contender on the national level, they have to start convincing that talent to stay at home. In addition, the UK football program has a rich tradition of homegrown QBs, going back to Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen. While fans will love any Cat, there’s something special about having a Kentucky boy calling the plays.

4. He’s the perfect Air Raid quarterback

Why does UK want him so badly? He’s the perfect QB for Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense. In fact, it’s pretty much second nature to him already since Conner plays a very similar system. Barker can pick apart defenses with short, tight passes and has the arm to open it up down the field. Simply put, he may be the next Tim Couch.

5. It would piss Steve Spurrier off

And who doesn’t love that?

Come on down and be a hero, Drew.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

24 Comments for 5 Reasons why getting Drew Barker would be a huge deal

  1. jd
    1:04 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    What does BTI stand for

  2. SoCal Will
    1:07 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Plus, Vince would know he doesn’t have to sign all 25….

  3. jpo
    1:07 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    1. Butt ticklin’ intern

  4. Bluecat
    1:08 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    2 hours til paydirt….COME BE A HERO DREW! GO BIG BLUE!

  5. Twick or Tweet
    1:09 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    It’s going to be a fun next four years!

  6. SexnNursinHomes
    1:11 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    3- haha

  7. Chris
    1:22 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Pissing Spurrier off would be real nice!! For it to really piss him off Barker has to live up to the hype too..

  8. UKGrad04
    1:34 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing definite but my guy says he thinks Wiggins makes it official Monday.

  9. CountingDown
    1:47 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I like #5 reason the best. I cannot stand Steve Spurrier.

  10. trouble or rumor
    1:49 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    anyone hear the Andrew harrison sent out a vine that included something along the lines of F* wiggings? Probably rumor but it making it’s way around the web right now.

  11. whitehoward
    1:58 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    I completely understand the need for this article, however, I am shocked that there are Kentucky football fans that don’t understand the magnitude of getting a recruit like this, as if getting a four-star recruit needs to be justified…

  12. KSR Spy
    1:59 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    #10 – Aaron Harrison ‏@AaronICE2 55s
    @BiGR3D17 lol it wasn’t me or my brother! It was that kid in the backseat! Lol

  13. Bluecat
    1:59 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink


    T O U C H D O W N

    K E N T U C K Y !

  14. KSR Spy
    2:01 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Harrison ‏@AaronICE2 1h

    It was @AlonzoMornin not me!!!! He gone get me killed lol

  15. Scott Baio
    2:22 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    For the NKY fans, what are the biggest differences between Barker and Towles? I’ve only saw Barker’s highlight tape and was curious what makes him a bigger get than Towles last year.

  16. Nolecat21
    2:30 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    I was wondering the same thing. Towles was selected to the Elite 11 camp and was Kentuckys Mr Football. He also ran a similar offense at Highlands. Not sure why everyone seems to be discounting him so quickly.

  17. STEVE!
    2:36 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Best quarterback to come from the state in the past twenty years”. Better than Tim Couch? If so, good times are in store for whomever signs him.

  18. NL
    2:44 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    I have a hard time believing he will got to USC. If he wasn’t feeling Kentucky, why not play the year and wait to see what other offers come your way. He’s such a good prospect. It feels like a commitment from the heart to me

  19. JayDub
    2:48 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Sunshine from Remember the Titans, who, in real life, played QB at South Carolina. Hope that is not an omen.

  20. Wait. What?
    2:52 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, Barker is the “141st best player” in the country and if he signes he will be the “third-highest rated recruit UK has signed in the era (2002)”? Wow, really? 141st is the 3rd best? Let’s get back to basketball here people, I didn’t need to know the exact bounds of how pathetic our football team is/has been.

  21. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:05 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    10 – Apparently his buddy said something along those lines (see comment 12, 14). I didn’t see the video, but damn, whether it was him or just someone in the same car, that “does not bode well for Kentucky,” as NJT would say.

  22. fan fan
    4:17 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    He is the 3rd best QB at best on UK roster….get ready hold a clip board

  23. portlandky
    4:48 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    If it pisses spurrier off, it is well worth the cost. I hate that smart mouthed SOB!!!!!!

  24. Kyle
    9:36 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Have to agree with #17.

    I can’t believe he is better than Tim Couch. But if he is, then UK will be winning a lot of games.