NU targeting class of 2014 quarterback

NU targeting class of 2014 quarterback

Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall has targeted rising sophomore for NU's recruiting board. McCall is hoping to have Barker work with him at a summer camp in Evanston. Barker talks NU in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Rising sophomore quarterback Drew Barker admitted he didn't know much about Northwestern, that is until he first spoke with NU offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

The Hebron, KY. prospect began to do a little research on Northwestern, and is making plans to follow the program during the football season.

"Northwestern is a great school, they're one of the best academic schools in the whole country," Barker said. "Also, I love their offense. Coach McCall was talking to me about it. He thinks I could fit in there perfectly."

McCall is pushing for Barker to attend Northwestern's summer camp, where the two could work together. No plans are in place yet, though Barker is optimistic a visit could happen.

Barker, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback, holds one offer, coming from the Louisville Cardinals. He has received interest from Northwestern, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, UCLA, Wisconsin, and others.

Barker will attend a summer camp at Penn State this weekend, then will also camp at Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and South Carolina.

Many schools are waiting to see Barker perform in summer camps, or in his junior season, before extending an offer. He is just excited about the strong beginning to his recruitment.

"It's just very surreal," said Barker of his heavy recruiting interest. "As a kid, you grow up wanting to play college football. You always watch it, always play it. I always had a football in my hands as a little kid. It's a dream, to get all this interest. I'm very blessed for it and it's very awesome."

Barker has built a strong relationship with McCall, but hopes to meet with the rest of Northwestern's coaching staff during a visit on campus.

"I want to go up there and meet with the coaching staff, check out the campus and all of that," Barker said. "I want to have a feel for the whole campus and the coaching staff. Hopefully, I can get up there this summer, camp up there and get to meet everybody."

It's very important for Barker to build bonds with each coaching staff, as a he feel it's a crucial part of the decision-making process.

"I'm going to be the one there for four years," said Barker. "Liking the football team is one thing, but the people on campus and around the area, that's very important, also."

With each visit, Barker is hopes to learn about each campus and its people, taking it the atmosphere and surroundings.

"I'm going to take everything in," he said. "I'm waiting for that feeling when I step on (a campus) and say: 'This is the place for me.'"

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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