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Signee Barker solid in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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Every spring, John Calipari's latest class of star recruits plays in a series of high-school all-star games with the Big Blue Nation watching closely. With Mark Stoops at the helm, Kentucky fans will need to start doing the same with future football Wildcats.

Drew Barker -- the highly touted Burlington, Ky., native viewed as the ringleader of UK's 2014 class -- played in the Army All-American game on Saturday and showed why Rivals.com ranks him a four-star prospect and the No. 6 quarterback in the nation.

Playing on the West squad, Barker came on in relief and led his team on its first two scoring drives and an eventual 28-6 victory. In total, he played three drives and completed 4-of-6 passes for 54 yards. Final rushing totals were not available, but he also flashed some impressive athletic ability.

His play did not go unnoticed by his soon-to-be coach.

With the winter semester set to start in less than two weeks, Barker and six more early enrollees will arrive on campus soon. Included in that group are running back Mike Horton and wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass. Horton will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday (9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1), while Snodgrass played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Friday. No statistics were available for the game.

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