Catching up with Drew Barker: Friday Night Lights

By Derek Young on August 1, 2012 at 8:00p
Barker is a big fan or Urban MeyerBarker had a great time while at Friday Night Lights

There was a lot of buzz heading into the first Friday Night Lights camp in Ohio Stadium, with much of it surrounded the quarterback position.  

Four of the top signal callers in the class of 2014 showed up to the camp as expected in DeShone Kizer, Joey Duckworth, Caleb Henderson, and Drew Barker.  These quarterbacks did not disappoint as they all delivered strong performances, making things even harder for the staff to decide which player they will decide to offer in the next few months.

Hebron (KY) Conner product Drew Barker caught the eye of many immediately at FNL, as he continues to grow in size and stature.  Barker said he is now up to 210 pounds and he was easily the most consistent and accurate passer throughout the camp, along with Henderson.  

Barker's latest visit to Columbus was already his fourth time on campus before his junior season even starts.  He visited Ohio State unofficially in the spring, visited for the annual spring game, and competed at the Buckeyes' camp at the end of June.  Heading into his third high school season Barker is already very familiar with the OSU coaching staff and campus, a big plus for someone Urban Meyer once compared to his former star quarterback at Utah, Alex Smith.

Have Barker's camp performances been enough to earn an offer?  Will he be next in line to stand under center for the scarlet and gray? Keep reading to find out.

What did you think of your fourth visit to Columbus?

It was a great trip.  I got there midway through Friday afternoon and just hung out before we went to the stadium.  I was able to meet some of the kids in my class that I talked to on Twitter and Facebook like Thaddeus Snodgrass, Mikel Horton, Dante Booker Jr., Raekwon McMillan, Clifton Garrett, and Artavis Scott.  I talked to Artavis for a while and he did really well at the camp.  It could work out where we all play together, but we all know we have to make the best decision for ourselves.

What did you think about the overall experience of Friday Night Lights?  

Coach Meyer had told me before that this would be a special camp.  He said that others would try to mimic it or duplicate it, but that they would be unable to do so.  He reiterated that there wouldn't be anything out there like Ohio State's version of Friday Night Lights, and he was definitely right.  It was the best camp I've been to.  It was just amazing to be out there with the lights on, the music loud, being in the shoe, and competing in front of the fans.  I also enjoyed watching the highlight videos on the scoreboard.  Talking with the former Ohio State quarterbacks, Craig Krenzel and Bobby Hoying, was a real joy to me.  Krenzel talked about his national championship experience so that was awesome to hear.  

What did you think about your overall performance in the 'Shoe?

I definitely felt a lot better about my performance this time around than my previous camp at OSU.  I was more consistent this time and I got in a rhythm a lot quicker than I did during the camp in June.  

Did you get a chance to talk to any of the coaches afterwards?

I did get a chance to talk to them  They complimented my performance.  They also said they aren't going to offer any 2014 quarterbacks until about midway through the season.  They want to see us in action and how we lead our teams to wins and react to different situations.  I'm perfectly fine with it.  They're going to recruit the heck out of me they said.

Have the coaches told you how many quarterbacks they plan on taking at this point?

I have talked to them about it and they said that at this point they only expect to take one.  They were honest and let me know that it could change, but as of now just one.

Are any schools recruiting you harder than others?

I do not think so really.  It's all pretty spread out and even currently.  I would just say Cincinnati and Louisville have been recruiting me the longest, which is understandable because of how close I am to those campuses.

Do you have any plans for the fall as far as visits go?

I'll definitely be at Ohio State for a game this fall, maybe two.  I want to see them play Michigan for sure.  I plan on seeing a game at Alabama as well, and possibly one at Purdue.  



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buckeye76BHop's picture

I like this kid as well as seems it may be difficult for the staff to take more than one QB (Because I really like D. Kizer too).  I especially like this part was cool to see Urban had Circle K and Bobby Hoying come back.  Along all the other alumni...good stuff.  I can see FNL having a profound effect on the 2014 class.

"Talking with the former Ohio State quarterbacks, Craig Krenzel and Bobby Hoying, was a real joy to me.  Krenzel talked about his national championship experience so that was awesome to hear."

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeyedude's picture

This has got to be the hardest position to recruit, given that so much is riding on one player. Other positions, you just line 'em up. But as soon as you offer one of these elite QBs, the others start looking elsewhere.



Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Barker is my pick out of the 2014 QBs.  Every time you read about his performance at a camp it is all positive.  Plus... He is mobile and athletic.  I think this could should be in scarlett and gray in the future.

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Two reasons I think Barker may get it, he seems to be a natural leader and Meyer loves that from his qb's and the guy will have visited 5 to 6 times and competed any chance he could on campus and Meyer loves guys who compete

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

btalbert25's picture

As I've said in other posts, I'd really like to see Barker just because he's a hometown kid(for me), but can we really tell if he's the guy (or anyone else at this point) based on a sophomore season in high school and a couple summer camps?  He my develop into a really great QB and he may end up plateauing.  It's really hard for me to get too excited about kids who have yet to play a snap of their Jr season in high school.  

Jdadams01's picture

Agree. And obviously the staff does too, as they are waiting for more game evaluations before offering. Correct move IMO. Obviously don't want to wait too long to offer, but it's best to hold as long as they can to accumulate evidence.

gobucks1226's picture

I'm still surprised to hear that they are thinking about only taking one QB, especially with the talented guys that are seriously interested in us. Going into 2014, Braxton will be a senior, and Barrett will be a sophomore. It sounds like Cardale Jones has been struggling with attitude (hence not even playing in the spring game). My hope is that they are really high on JT Barrett, but would like to see them take two guys.  

bassplayer7770's picture

I hadn't heard that Cardale was struggling with attitude (do you happen to have a link?), but I do recall Coach Herman basically saying he's still learning the playbook.  I think he could still make a statement (perhaps next season) once he gets a grasp of the Offense.

gobucks1226's picture

It was a previous Boarding House rumor. Still surprised because we were thinking about offering two guys this year (Mitch Trubisky comes to mind), so not sure what to make of it.

Buckeyejason's picture

A lot of youngs players struggle with attitude..very common. Thad Gibson had problems in 2007 and stormed off the practice field. He ended up fine. Nothing to worry about yet..I'd be more worried that he doesn't end up being  very good.


gobucks1226's picture

Good points. We should know more by season's end. I keep forgetting how young these 2014 guys are, so there's plenty of time for evaluation.

740 BUCKEYE's picture

I like the poise this kid has, check his throw at the 5:47 mark, knows he is going to get blasted but makes a great throw to the receiver. The way he runs, up the middle and dishing out the stiff arms is impressive as well.