Drew Barker played in front of a crowd at Commonwealth Stadium for the first time on Saturday.
Graduated from high school in December, 2013 and enrolled in January ... Participated in spring practice and showed the potential that made him one of the nation's most highly recruited quarterbacks ... Already has shown good leadership skills ... Was an early commitment to UK in May 2013 so he could help encourage other high-school stars to come to Lexington ... Played a lead role in uniting his signing class through social media and with frequent visits to UK during recruiting periods.
High School: One of the most prolific performers in Kentucky high school history ... Strong-armed, accurate passer who also made plays with his legs ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Conner HS in Hebron, Ky. ... Led Conner to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and the second round of the playoffs as a junior and senior ... During his career, completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 6,264 yards and 62 touchdowns ... Ran for 3,931 yards and 51 TDs ... Threw for 2,671 yards and 34 scores during stellar senior season ... First-team all-state by The Associated Press ... Named to the "Class of the Commonwealth" team by the Lexington Herald-Leader ... Finalist for "Mr. Football" ... District Player of the Year ... Four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com ... The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky according to Rivals and the No. 6 quarterback in the nation ... Attended the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp during the summer of 2013 ... Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, 2014 ... Completed 4 of 6 passes for 54 yards and led two touchdown drives for the winning West team ... Coached by Dave Trosper, who said, "Drew has an exceptional arm, one of the best I've seen in 22 years (of coaching), and great touch. I've always said that good players become great by being a hard worker and student of the game. That's what separates him - he's a student of the game." ... All-district honoree in basketball ... Honor-roll student ...Member of the Future Business Leaders of America ... Did community service work with the Never Give Up Foundation ... After numerous scholarship offers, chose Kentucky over South Carolina and Tennessee. Personal: Born in Edgewood, Ky. ... Son of Terry and Ellie Barker ... Currently enrolled in undergraduate studies. Community Cats: Participated in Read Across America (2014). Drew Says ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: bass fisherman ... If I could witness any event, past, present or future, it would be: Michael Jordan's `flu' game ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: being able to represent the whole state ... My hidden talent is: Nerf basketball ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Stay humble and hungry.