July 06, 2013
Drew Barker's making a name for himself.
He participated in the Rivals 5-Star Challenge earlier this month.
Then he went to the finals of the Elite 11 quarterback competition -- and made the cut. He was ranked seventh overall by the panel of evaluators and garnered extensive praise from CBS college football columnist Bruce Feldman, who answered a question about Barker's performance in a recent mailbag:
The big Kentucky commit struggled early in the Elite 11's first two days, but by the end of the week, he went from way back in the pack to becoming one of the top guys. I don't know if that was more of a function of him adjusting to being on the other side of the country with all these other top guys or maybe there was a bit of awe since you had a star group of college counselors around (Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater, Devin Gardner and David Fales), but by the time the college guys left (midway through the Elite 11), Barker's play took a big jump forward and it was easy to see why UK fans are so excited about the future.
Barker had one of the better arms at the Elite 11, but what really resonated was how he took command of the team he was put on. ... Barker was also very decisive cutting loose on big throws. Given the caliber of the program he's going into at UK and his size and presence, I could see him playing early for the Cats.
The future is bright indeed for Kentucky football.
And Barker is leading the way, both on and off the field.