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“Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” Mike Edwards

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Safety

5’11”, 182 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH (Winton Woods)

Rivals: #33 S, #19 in OH
Scout: #28 CB
247: #45 S, #23 in OH

Choosing between UK and: Vandy, Louisville, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

Twitter: @M_Edwards6

After announcing his commitment to play for the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky QB Drew Barker vowed to reach out to his peers to make the best recruiting class in the history of Kentucky football. In the coming weeks I will be breaking down some of the players on Barker’s wish list. “Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” may be a grammatically awful pun ending in a preposition, but I just can’t help myself. Past profiles: Derek Kief , Braxton Berrios, Matt Elam

 

 

 

Even though the Cats recently received a safety commitment from Jared Tucker, the buzz around the Bluegrass still gravitates towards the Mike Edwards/Darius West package deal. There have been so many changes of heart and delayed decisions that I’m sick of speculating; let’s take a look at what Mike Edwards brings to the table.

 

The first thing you notice when watching highlights of Edwards is his aggressive play. Safeties usually are lined up about 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, with most resorting to dancing back and forth, putting forth their best effort to contain the ball. Edwards quickly reads run or pass, and immediately reacts by moving towards the ball. The instant reaction can keep a 3 yard run from turning into a 10 yarder. In the passing game, Edwards has a knack for getting his hands in-between the opposing wide receivers’. Now that  may seem like a “duh” observation, but the biggest difference between high school and college DBs is that consistently breaking up passes for high school DBs is a tall task with a good QB, whereas collegiate players have the experience to know offensive nuances that tip them off just before the pass enters the targeted area. I’ve personally seen DBs improve this aspect of their game in one short year of college football. Edwards has a head-start, making him usable at a variety of positions in the secondary.

 

While it may take some time before Edwards arrives at a decision, it is certain that the Cats are constantly on Edwards’ mind.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for “Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” Mike Edwards



  1. Captain Obvious
    1:08 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    The title of these articles should be “Who is Drew Barker @’ing



  2. JP
    1:09 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Roush, Im calling in on monday…. you better put me through.



  3. ReallyPissedOffCatFan
    1:15 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    whoever sent hate mail to these kids for postponing their announcement needs to have their fag ass butts kicked. If the slimy bastard happens to read this, I will say that “you totally suck and you have no right to be a UK fan. We laugh about U of L fans that pull that crap, but we don’t laugh at UK fans that do it. We despise them for being so freaking ignorant.”



  4. UKNeal7
    1:15 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Keep up the good work Nick! Always enjoy some in-depth football posts.



  5. M
    1:23 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with you completely #4. Although it’s hard to determine if they are trolls or not. If it’s clear they are UK fans, they should get a beating.



  6. Cats
    1:24 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    This kid loves to stir the pot on twitter



  7. Posers
    1:25 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    @3 You do realize that some UL/Indiana or other sore-ass fans can be posting as UK fans just to piss off potential targets, rite?



  8. Pancreas
    1:28 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    7.) Yes, this is true, but I think the vast majority do actually stem from ignorant UK fans. There’s a lot of them out there.



  9. Stooooooooops
    1:31 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder why Joker never recruited Ohio. In number of player they have to be right behind Flordia, and Texas, and both of those area’s are picked clean by the big boys!
    Stoops has a good plan. Get what one can in Flordia and cheery pick Ohio. In the end we are going to have to beat Strong for the players out of Louisville and the rest of the state. Kentucky doesn’t put out a large number of d1 players making it a must to get what’s here!



  10. M
    1:42 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #8) There are a lot of ignorant fans from every fan base. It’s just UK may have more fans, but percentage wise I’m sure it’s in line with other schools.



  11. #8
    1:44 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    is definitely right. True UK alumns are embarrassed by these folks. You know who they are…



  12. Cat Fan in Georgia
    1:50 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’m as glad as anyone that Barker is a Cat, but does anyone other than me think that eight or nine more months of this is going to get pretty tiresome?



  13. Blue To The Bone..
    2:59 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    JT will be a corner and ME is going to be a safety probably..I sure he will enjoy the competition..



  14. Recruitnic
    3:17 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    When is someone going to write a Marcelys Jones update? This morning you all were talking about him visiting UK. Later Marcelys tweeted “Why would I go to Kentucky? I want to win!”



  15. Blue To The Bone..
    3:47 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #14…If that’s how MJ feels the only word is …NEXT



  16. coldspringmike
    9:48 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Love getting the Ohio kids. Take em all from Urban and Tuberville.