It looks like those letters worked.
Quarterback Drew Barker has decided to pick his home school of Kentucky. A 4-star player and considered the seventh best pro-style quarterback by 247Sports, Barker was down to Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal was one journalist to report the news:
Drew Barker to UK. Huge, huge get for Stoops and Neal Brown.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) May 10, 2013
You may remember Barker for having that crazy story a couple of months ago when he received 115 hand-written letters from the Kentucky coaching staff. Shame on you for thinking it was a crazy idea that would never work.
Barker has the look of a game-changing quarterback standing in at 6'4", 210 pounds. One of the more well-built quarterbacks of this year's class, Barker moves well for his size and has more than enough arm strength to make all of the throws.
Did Drew Barker make the right choice?
Certainly a signal-caller who can help turn a team around, it shouldn't be long before this star prospect is given that chance. After all, one of the letters said he would soon be the leader of the team.
Kentucky needs help in nearly every area of the game, and quarterback was one of them. Ranked 12th in the SEC last season in passing yards, the Wildcats struggled mightily to move the ball and put points on the board. This commitment doesn't change everything and instantly make the team a contender, but a legit quarterback prospect is a gigantic step in the right direction.
Barker had many offers on the table, but the combination of being close to home and the opportunity for immediate playing time had to have been the deciding factors. Oh, and the letters, of course. Now, every team in the country is going to start stuffing kid's mailboxes on a daily basis.
Now Kentucky has its quarterback of the future.