March 12, 2012

2014 QB will visit Ohio State

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As Ohio State continues its search for at least one quarterback in the 2013 class, they are already getting a head start on the 2014 crop as well. One target that has been identified by the coaching staff is Burlington (Ky.) Conner product Drew Barker. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect has been keeping in contact with the newest member of the Ohio State coaching staff.

"Kerry Coombs, the new (assistant coach) at Ohio State, he's seen me before he went there," explained Barker. "He came down to the school before and we've talked so we had a friendship before he went there. When he went there, he told me that they wanted to invite me up there and that I'm as high as anybody else right now on their 2014 quarterback list. He invited me up for the spring game so I'm going to get up there either for a spring practice or the spring game."

Growing up in a basketball centric state, Barker still knows plenty about the Buckeyes and his interest in the program has increased since Urban Meyer was named head coach.

"My mom went there so I've always known the tradition of Ohio State football," he explained. "I know when coach (Jim) Tressel was there that they were always a good program and that they went to the national championship a few times. When coach Meyer got hired there I really started taking notice and paying attention to what they are doing so I'm pretty involved in what is going on up there."

One of the things that Barker says has drawn him towards Ohio State recently is the way that Meyer has used his quarterbacks in the past.

"I always loved when Tebow was there and how he used him," he said. "I love that kind of offense. I can do both, I can be a dual-threat but I can also sit back in the pocket, whatever the coaches want."

In addition to Ohio State, several other BCS conference programs are already showing serious interest in the talented signal caller.

"Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Indiana, and I think that's it," he said. "I don't really have a football favorite; I've always been kind of neutral where I would like one team one year and another team the next year."

Barker is coming off a highly productive sophomore season which saw him account for nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and nearly 30 total touchdowns.

"It was very good," he said. "We ended up making it to the Elite 8 and we lost by one point but I did very good. I had over 1,400 yards passing and seven touchdowns and I had about 1,500 yards rushing and like 23 touchdowns. We run like a spread option offense."

As Barker begins to do more research on the schools that are recruiting him, he's looking at a couple of major factors to aid him in the decision making process.

"I love schools that have a great fan base, that the fans are behind the team," he said. "The coaches are also a big factor. You've got to love the coaches that you're going to be with the next four years. If you don't have a good friendship with the coaches, you're not going to like the university that you're going to."


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