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Kentucky Football: National Signing Day Previewing the Quarterback Signee

Drew Barker is probably the most important commitment in this class, and he could be the starting quarterback next season.

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Drew Barker has been a very important recruit for this class. He was an in-state kid who decided to stay home and play for his state school. He had plenty of other opportunities coming off the heels of his Elite 11 quarterback performance last summer, but he stayed true to his commitment. Barker was also recruited by Steve Spurrier and South Carolina for much of the last two seasons, and eventually chose Kentucky over their school. Barker would go on actively recruit other players in this class via social media and in-person. His efforts probably went a long way to Kentucky retaining and eventually signing some of the recruits today.

Barker's early enrollment will increase his chances of starting as a freshman next season. Barker's running and throwing abilities could fit in nicely with the offense that Kentucky ran last year predominantly with Jalen Whitlow. Coach Neal Brown has stated that besides his leadership abilities, one of Barker's greatest attributes is his quick release. Barker will have to compete against three quarterbacks (Maxwell Smith, Jalen Whitlow, Patrick Towles, and Reese Phillips) who have more familiarity with the offensive system and technique. The quarterback battle during spring practice will be a major story-line to follow.