Catching Up With Drew Barker: The Game Visit

By Derek Young on November 29, 2012 at 10:30p

Another top 2014 athlete was in Columbus for "The Game" and is widely known amongst the Buckeye faithful. Hebron (KY) Conner QB Drew Barker has been on the Ohio State campus many times for camps and to check out the program, and "The Game" was his second visit to the 'Shoe for a game this year.  

Will Barker get that elusive scholarship offer to OSU?

Barker had a monster season for Conner, as he finished the season with 1,455 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 2,072 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, totaling 3,507 yards and 40 touchdowns.  

His ability to run the ball with power and his vicious stiff arm have drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow and Collin Klein, as far as style of play goes. Do not let that fool you though, as Barker can get it done with his aerial attack as well.

The four-star prospect is one of many signal callers the Ohio State staff has targeted in the class of 2014, a list that includes DeShaun Watson, William Ulmer, DeShone Kizer, Kyle Allen, Jerrod Heard, and Caleb Henderson. The Buckeye coaching staff is continuing to evaluate the position, and has only offered Watson to this point.

It has been said that Ohio State could take two quarterbacks for the class, but we were told they only plan on taking one due to number constraints thanks to sanctions stemming from Tatgate.  After the 2013 season the Buckeyes will be losing the services of Kenny Guiton, but barring early entry to the NFL Draft from anyone, would still maintain Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, and incoming freshman, JT Barrett.  

The Bucks were in a strong hold position with Barker at one point, but things have changed, and other schools have joined the mix. The Buckeyes got in on the Conner star early, but other premier programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina have been reaching out to Barker quite a bit, and the Gamecocks have even come forth with a scholarship offer. 

Keep reading to find out what one of the top signal callers in the class of 2014 thought about his first Ohio State-Michigan game, what he thinks about a possible Buckeye offer, what his timeline is to make a college choice, and more.

What did you think about your experience of being at an Ohio State vs Michigan game?

It was just an awesome time. To say I went to an Ohio State-Michigan game is a blessing that not many people can say, or get the opportunity to do.

You have been to Ohio State several times. What was one thing that stood about this visit to OSU?

It wasn't much different than other visits to Columbus as I have been there several times. It was great to have a chance to speak with all the other top recruits there though. I got to spend time with Clifton Garrett, Raekwon McMillan, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Ezekiel Elliott, James Quick, Jalin Marshall, and Cam Burrows.

Are some of the other 2014 recruits and you still considering playing together?

Yes. I think I can do a very good job at recruiting others and getting people to come together and play together.

Did you get a chance to speak to any of the coaches?

I spoke with Coach Herman, the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He said he would be in Texas this upcoming week but would come by my school after. He just messaged me that those plans have changed in the past hour. He will be at my school Wednesday (yesterday) to see me and watch my basketball practice.

Has the OSU coaching staff indicated to you how they will approach the QB situation in 2014?

They said they would be going around and seeing all their targets at the position and making a decision later on who they want.

What would an Ohio State offer mean to you?

An Ohio State offer would be great if it came and I hope it does. It's The Ohio State University so that's one that every recruit would covet.

Are there any schools standing out so far in your recruiting process?

I'm still planning on considering all of my options. I'm getting a lot more interest from other great schools, and I also have to pay attention to all the coaching changes happening and considering that as well.

Do you have any other visits scheduled, or ones you want to take?

I'm really not sure of any winter visits at this point. I was hoping to slow things down and take it easy.

Are there any coaching staffs you have a better relationship with than others?

I have a lot of good relationships developed with schools like LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Louisville. I talk to Coach Mengus and Coach Spurrier from South Carolina a lot, and I talk to Ohio State a lot.

Is there a timeline in which you hope to make a decision on where to attend college?

I'm wanting to make my decision some time in the spring.


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Hayze's picture

Kid is a Buckeye if offered IMO.
Really love his leadership qualities and think he would be a big get, not only at the QB position but also at recruiting others to come here with him.
I know the staff likes Deshaun Watson better right now but it would really suck to spend time on Watson, only to have him stick with Clemson and then lose out on Barker as well.

KillerNut's picture

I wish we were in the Ess Ehe See when it comes to kids like this. We could sign him and our other top QBs, evaluate everyone, and then cut the ones we like less. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

As much as I hate the SEC, I believe they passed a rule this year that no longer allows for oversigning. 

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

Yeah, but if you read it, that rule is very hollow - it will not prevent over-signing, just different accounting.

"The revolution will be televised."

rdubs's picture

They can still oversign, just not more than 25 per class.  So if you have 9 people leave you can still sign 25.

AJBor41's picture

So what does that mean for teams like Georgia and TAMU who currently have 30+ kids committed to their 2013 classes?

GABuckeye's picture

Georgia only has 75 scholarship players on their roster this year, so they have a lot of room.

AJBor41's picture

Thanks.  I assumed this was the case, but wanted to make sure.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I wish the 11W staff would clarify... I've read before that Watson was offered as an ATH, not a QB. I could be wrong. 
I also agree that if he is offered he's a Buckeye. I like the fact that he has more passing yards than rushing yards. I want to see a QB who can throw well and run when needed. I also like his big frame to be able to take the hits of a long season. PLEASE GET THIS KID AN OFFER!!!! 

GV9's picture

Yes, plus the fact that he really wants to be a Buckeye by the sound of it.  That should count for something too.  

Danify's picture

What I'm liking from Baker is his mentioning recruiting other big time recruits into playing with each other. If you offer this kid and he becomes a Buckeye (likely), you can see his great relationships with Clifton Garrett, Raekwon McMillan, and Thaddeus Snodgrass. Offer please!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I think this kid could lead OSU to multiple titles. He's going to bring other recruits with him and his leadership skills aren't something you can coach. In his film I was really impressed with how well he runs the read option. He isn't extremely fast, but he reads it so well that he has plenty of running room. 

Jhesse17's picture

Excellent delivery, solid ball placement, stong armed, and a powerful (if not particularly fast or quick) runner. Although I'm not convinced that his running style will make him a great college runner he should certainly be a capable one. This kid looks really, really good.

Danify's picture

He reminds me of Colin Klein, isn't the fastest Quarterback, but knows his reads on when and when not to run.

millertime2011's picture

get. him. an. offer.

Kevbo714's picture

I have faith/trust in tOSU coaching staff, as they know FAR more than I in prognosticating talent.  With that said, I have a feeling that I would rather see Mr. Barker in Scarlet and Gray than any other combination of colors...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I feel like if we miss on this kid it will come back to haunt us. 

Kevbo714's picture

... Agreed.  I am just basing this off of his vids, but I see some awards in this guy's future.  He throws a nice ball and it seems as if he is good at going through his progressions.

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

KBonay's picture

I've heard others knock on the competition level he has faced.  But regardless, his accuracy is remarkable for a junior.  Strong arm and hits his targets.  Offer 'em up.

btalbert25's picture

While he may not be playing an insane schedule, his team damn near beat Timmon's Franklin County team, and in regular season they beat Cooper, who is playing in their Division's state title game today.  So, the good competition he has played, he has played VERY well against.

ticodillo's picture

NAssty stiff-arm, let's get him! Seems to be a well rounded QB, I like.

BuckeyesMJ's picture

Great footwork in the pocket. I'm not sure what we are waiting for!! Throws the ball better than Ullmer and that stiff arm.....Ridiculous!! He runs the same stuff Braxton is running now. This kid is gonna be a star. Hope he gets that offer!!

buckeyedude's picture

Dare I say: He seems very Tebowish. And not just because he's white.



Buckeyefan9973's picture

This was my first thought, the only thing that scares me is he has a bit of a clunky throwing motion and there were times he was running against kids who looked like they were 10.

Ethan's picture

Man, that highlight tape was impressive. Makes all the throws, displays great poise in the pocket (especially in the face of a pass rush), and seems strong. I'd love for him to be a Buckeye

AJBor41's picture

I got to spend time with Clifton Garrett, Raekwon McMillan, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Ezekiel Elliott, James Quick, Jalin Marshall, and Cam Burrows.

Sorry Drew, I couldn't focus on the rest of your interview after reading this and imagining a team with these guys on the field in a couple of years... Just wondering which one of them can sing "Carmen Ohio" like Cie Grant when they celebrate with their crystal football.

Woody4's picture

Hmm,  as I read Drew's replies,  he certainly replies in a poised manner.  The content is intelligent & is already showing leadership capabilities.

btalbert25's picture

They need to start putting the press on this kid before Georgia, LSU, Bama, and Notre Dame really start making some inroads.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I completely agree... 3 of the teams you listed have a shot at winning a title this year.  If he goes to another school, I believe he will win a title where he goes.  I just hope it's OSU.  I don't want a RB playing QB... I want a QB playing QB and Barker is the guy for the job compared to Watson, Kizer, and a few of the other guys listed.  Henderson is more of a pro-style and I'm not sure about Kyle Allen.  I'd rather have a 4.6 who can throw the ball than a 4.4 who can't throw.

btalbert25's picture

I'm ok with a running QB if he is elite, which we have right now.  I agree with you, though, I want a guy who is capable of making a pass, and then taking off if the need arises.  He's pretty fast, but big and physical.  He'll be able to take hits and keep going forward.  He looks like he can really sling it though.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'd like our offense to be like Utah's when Urban was there... Alex Smith threw the ball well and ran when he needed to.  I also like Oregon's offense.  Mariotta can throw the ball, and runs when needed... I love having Braxton, don't get me wrong... But I feel sometimes he struggles to read defenses when throwing the ball.  He also struggles with the read option.  I know it's the first year in a new offense, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  Happy with Braxton, would like a different QB like Barker in the future. 

bassplayer7770's picture

I know we don't have the same coaches in place, but think about how much Troy Smith improved each year.  Braxton will continue getting better, and it will be a thrill to watch.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I don't disagree with that... I think Braxton will get better... I just prefer our next QB to be a throw first, run if needed QB.  I believe Barker is that guy.  With Urban showing we can use a power back in this offense I believe less emphasis will be taken off of running the QB.  Plus, Barker runs the read option so well.  I really hope this kid gets an offer. 

btalbert25's picture

I'm with you there!  Plus, for me he's a hometown kid.  My dad and my aunts and uncles went to Conner.  My grandpa and me used to go watch Conner games when I was a kid because it was so close to their house.  It'd be nice to see an NKY kid go to the good guys for a change!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Speaking of Northern Kentucky, are you gonna watch OSU play NKU tomorrow in basketball? It's on BTN @ 4:30 pm.

AllDay028's picture

He looks EXACTLY like Jeff Driskel on the field.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Driskel has been pretty successful this year in my opinion.  Of course UF's defense is the main reason for their success but Driskel has played pretty well. 

bassplayer7770's picture

UF has 101st ranked Total Offense and 114th ranked Passing Offense.  I'm not sure I'd call that successful.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

11-1 is pretty successful in a tough conference.  In the B1G, ACC, Pac 12, Big 12 they'd have a higher ranked offense.  I'll take Barker any day. I don't care if he looks like Driskel or Tebow... He throws the ball well and runs the read option successfully.

bassplayer7770's picture

Their team has been successful, but it hasn't been due to the Offense.  That was my only point.  I'm not disagreeing about Barker.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree with you here. I wasn't sold on Barker early, but I've warmed up to him lately.
He seems like a natural born leader, in addition to being a great QB. Leaders are hard to come by. Remember Mike Brewster? He helped OSU sway some kids towards the good guys. I think Barker would do the same.



Poison nuts's picture

OSU needs to offer him. He's damn good & it sounds to me like he is waiting for an offer so that he can recruit the others to come here. Like a few others have said - I hope we don't miss out on him & have it come back to bite us...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

murphonthemike's picture

Seems like a good player, but I can see why we have not offered him yet (he is not a speed runner). Urban needs  two running types: (1)a home run threat and (2)someone who is a bruising runner.  Locking down bruising runners will never be an issue in Columbus, regardless of who is calling plays, so bringing in a bruising QB should not be a priority.