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UK Fans of the Day Want the Latest on Drew Barker


Tomorrow at 3:30 pm, one of the most heralded in-state recruits in the past 15 years, Drew Barker will announce his college choice. Due in part to his immense talent, and in part to the excitement around the UK football program, this has become one of the most anticipated announcements in recent memory and the Big Blue Nation collectively holds its breath that Barker will shun the Old Ball Coach and pick the Big Blue. The Conner QB has done a pretty solid job of keeping his decision close to the vest and there is a great deal of conflicting information out there. So as of now, here is what we know about the Barker decision:

— Most everyone agrees with one basic fact about Drew Barker…up until about six weeks ago, the decision was clearly going to be South Carolina. Due in part to the poor job done by the previous staff and in part to the great sales pitch of the Gamecock coaches, Barker was close to pulling the trigger a few months ago for the South Carolina team. But when Stoops arrived, he and Neil Brown got involved and quickly made an impact. That got Kentucky on the board.

The Spring Game truly impressed Drew. From those around Barker, everyone agrees that Barker came back “almost 50/50” after visiting the Spring Game. The combination of the huge crowd at the event and his camaraderie with the other recruits led him to make Kentucky a serious contender. One source told me that if the decision had to have been made the day after the game, it would have been Kentucky because “the kid couldn’t have been more excited.”

— Since then however, Barker has been deciding between the two schools. Everyone agrees that he has been torn, but that about ten days ago, he came to a decision. On the one hand, he is apparently very excited about the Neil Brown offense and thinks he can be a perfect fit for the Air Raid. But I am also told that he has some reservations based upon the first year of fellow Northern Kentucky Quarterback prospect Patrick Towles (who also turned down better offers to come to Kentucky) and that has weighed on his mind a bit. South Carolina and the Ol Ball Coach might be a surer bet and the coach is promising the potential for very early playing time.

— Most around Conner High School have no idea what he will do. If you listened to our radio show today, the PBP announcer said even he wasn’t sure. Most around Barker think Kentucky, but I have talked to a couple of people who know him well who predict South Carolina. All agree however that the national media picking South Carolina are likely basing it on comments from their staff, which when made were probably not accurate. “People started predicting South Carolina three weeks ago” one source told me…”and I know for a fact that he didn’t know at that time.”

So here we go…tomorrow at 3:30 he makes the call. My prediction is Kentucky, but admittedly that is based primarily on the fact that he invited the general public to the ceremony…it would surprise me if he would do that, knowing it would be virtually all UK fans, and pick another school. But stranger things have happened…we will update the process throughout the day tomorrow and give news as it happens. Another big decision day…this time UK football and one that could be a rock for the program for some time to come.

Article written by Matt Jones

27 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want the Latest on Drew Barker

  1. BBN
    10:20 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    It’s South Carolina all the way. Electing to play for the O’l Ball Coach is smart decision. That’s what the kid will do.

  2. Itouchdownthere
    10:21 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    South Carolina

  3. Bluecat
    10:23 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ever since Drew announced a date to let everyone know his choice I felt it was Kentucky and i’m sticking with that impulse now…welcome aboard Mr Barker, the air raid sirens are blaring LOUD & CLEAR!

  4. Hmmm
    10:32 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    We will know what the pick will be if he is picking from a lineup of visors instead of hats.

  5. Chris
    10:37 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Rowland has been saying uk so I think it’s uk.

  6. Bigblueaces
    10:37 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon, Jones….Neal > Neil. Gotta get names right in your Biz!

  7. NWO
    10:38 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink


  8. Steve Fitts
    10:44 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    It seems like just yesterday we were saying Patrick Towles was the salvation of this program. When Morgan Newton signed with the Cats, HE was the savior of the program. It seems like every year there is some 4-star QB out there who is going to be the Cats savior, and then for whatever reason he fails to pan out. Just remember this, Drew Barker is rated no higher at this stage than either Patrick Towles or Morgan Newton were. Do we really believe Barker is going to be the savior?

  9. BBN
    10:49 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Yesterday someone posted that being a 4-Star QB in Kentucky is the same as being a 2-Star QB in Florida, Georgia, Texas, etc. Sadly, there is probably some truth to that statement. I don’t believe Drew is our savior at UK.

  10. Hoerte
    10:52 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    8-and which staff did we have during their rookie seasons??? Not stoops and crew…they have done a lot more with these QBs in the short time they have been her then the amount of time The Jokesters staff had to development…you got to put it in perspective

  11. Hoerte
    10:53 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    9-same goes for you,..don’t make judgements against Stoops based on the past…we have a whole new staff. Damn, what’s wrong with you fools?

  12. Hoerte
    10:55 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    We obviously saw what affect Joker had on Barker during the UK camps…he wasn’t even considering UK when Joker was around

  13. jumpman78
    10:56 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t feed BBN, he’s a hater or a troll. Probably both.

  14. Joker
    10:58 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    9) if that’s the case why is South Carolina promising early playing time? The same QB York between USC and UK? You would think if your statement has anything truth this would not verge case…we would be fighting some both of the troth D1 school for a QB

  15. Joker
    10:59 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Torn not York-damn iPhone

  16. Joker
    11:00 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Damn I can’t type-you get the point

  17. dave
    11:36 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    im not saying uk’s QBU, but which spurrier qbs have been nfl ready? danny wuerfel??

  18. Truth
    12:30 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Most heralded in 15 years, NOT EVEN CLOSE. Idiot

  19. most heralded in 15 years..
    12:58 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    what’s a Michael bush?

  20. Nerlens
    5:08 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    9 – Please troll away to your thug life mid-major program. Don’t be jealous.

  21. Nerlens
    5:29 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    9 – Barker is the highest rated QB propect in the state of Kentucky since Brian Brohm and Tim Couch with a huge offer list. He is the real deal. Considering your logic, what does that make Kyle Bolin who you took last year? A 1 star since he was only a 3-star Ky QB??

  22. btowncatfan
    7:01 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    1. 9. I don’t what BBN represents to you, but certainly not Big Blue Nation. Sounds like a troll to me.

  23. btowncatfan
    7:32 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    By the way, 1,2.

  24. seccats04
    8:32 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Newton was clearly not a QB, at least not a QB in the system we were running. Square peg in a round hole if you will. Towles did not receive any coaching last year. He and Sanders did not jive.

  25. Ben
    9:06 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    If he picks South Carolina, everyone should quietly stand up and walk out! I think it will be KY. No reason for the press conference, if it is not KY.

  26. Toothless Temp
    9:22 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    17) Good point. Out of the QB’s that I can remember Spurrier coaching in college the only one who had moderate success in the NFL seems to be Rex Grossman. Now Grossman wasn’t great but he did play in a Super Bowl and has managed to stay in the league since being drafted in 03.

    His college success with QB’s has not translated well into the NFL game.

    Other than Rex the only other QB to have a sustained presence in the NFL that I can recall is Shane Matthews.

    Not a great track record of developing QB’s. Spurrier IMO also has not been the same coach since leaving Florida for the NFL. Yes, he has won at USCjr but not at the same click he did at UF. He’s old, he’s stuck in his ways and he CANNOT develop Top Line QB’s.

  27. Seven of hearts
    9:55 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Not going to get to excited myself. When a QB as good as Woodson hits the field, life as a UK player will become great. Comparing QBs is dumb. High school stats mean absolutely nothing. With all repect, Conner plays sub par teams.