Coveted class of 2014 quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky.) committed to Kentucky in May and college teams have clamored for his services throughout the recruiting process. As pitches to prospects across the country continue to grow more entertaining, the Wildcats sent the star passer a particularly interesting piece of mail.
He shared the delivery on his Twitter account.
Barker, the sixth-best pro-style quarterback in 247Sports composite rankings, also holds scholarship offers from Miami, Ole Miss, Illinois, North Carolina and Louisville, among others. He tallied five touchdowns and more than 350 passing yards in his first September contest, per 247Sports.
Kentucky's message—which features an image of Barker on a manufactured front page of ESPN.com—follows in line with a recent trend in college football recruiting.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer mailed 4-star tight end Mike Gesicki a picture of a puzzle that labeled the New Jersey recruit as the Buckeyes' "missing piece." He remains uncommitted with Columbus squarely in the mix as a potential destination.
Harrison Phillips, a 3-star defensive end from Omaha, Neb., received a unique mail approach from Duke's recruiting department. The Blue Devils sent Phillips a photo of him at the NFL draft being presented as a Duke alum upon his selection to a pro team.
The NFL draft may still be in his future, but Phillips ultimately committed to Stanford in July.
We should be treated to plenty more entertaining and arguably desperate recruiting tactics in the next few months. Programs are always looking for any possible edge, even if it only requires mild knowledge of Photoshop.
Kentucky appears to be in excellent shape to secure Barker's commitment all the way to national signing day. That won't stop the Wildcats from making sure he still feels the love.