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Camp notebook: 2014 recruits on display

7/17/2012

QB Barker camps at Alabama, Tennessee

Rising junior quarterback Drew Barker, a native of Hebron, Ky., took his campus tour down south this week with visits to Alabama and Tennessee. On Sunday, Barker competed in the Crimson Tide’s summer prospect camp.

“The camp went great,” Barker said. “That was my first time down at Alabama. I got to see the facilities and the stadium, and they’re definitely top of the line. I got to work with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, the quarterback coach, and I thought I could really see myself playing for him. I think he could really maximize my potential.”

Although the 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback impressed the UA coaching staff, coach Nick Saban wasn’t ready to offer a scholarship just yet.

“After the camp, we got the chance to talk with Coach Saban for 10 to 15 minutes, and he just told me he was really impressed with me and really liked my game,” Barker said. “He said he doesn’t get married off first dates talking about scholarship offers, but he said he’s definitely really impressed.”

At this point, Barker has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Purdue, South Carolina and Western Kentucky, but he’s still hoping to land offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State.

At Tennessee’s camp Monday, the coaching staff told him he was the top quarterback to throw, and Barker thinks the Volunteers might offer very soon. It was his seventh camp of the summer.

“This summer, I just want to check out the schools, the coaching staffs and figure out which schools I like or don’t like, so I can make my decision sometime after the season,” Barker said.

The Kentucky native will visit Ohio State next week for Friday Night Lights.

Fla. DB Fields visits Tuscaloosa

This week, 2014 defensive back Tony Fields is making his way around the SEC, visiting various schools. On Sunday, he made a stop in Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama for the first time.

“I toured the whole campus,” Fields said. “I got to see the dorms and everything and the stadium. It was nice. I really liked the stadium. It was a lot bigger than what I had imagined. I didn’t realize that they had over 100,000 fans, and they just expanded it, also.”

Fields was hoping to participate in the Crimson Tide’s prospect camp but couldn’t because of a minor hamstring injury. He met with Saban and his primary recruiter, Jeremy Pruitt, who had him get looked at by the UA training staff.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native watched his high school teammate Johnathan Vickers receive an offer from Alabama at the camp, but the coaches told Fields they want to wait and see him perform before they offer him.

Fields is looking forward to coming back next summer to compete at the camp.

In-state QB impresses Nussmeier

Kimberly, Ala., Devlin Hodges was back on Alabama’s campus on Monday to compete in the Tide’s summer camp. Hodges, who grew up a Tide fan, impressed the UA staff, in particular, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

“Everything went well,” Hodges said. “I talked to Coach Nuss, and he said that every time he sees me, he feels like I’ve improved a lot. He said I did well, and he told me he wants to see me put on some weight, keep working on my drops and make sure I send in my first three game films this year.”

Hodges camped at Vanderbilt on Saturday and worked out at Mississippi State last month. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal caller is done with camps for the summer, but may return to MSU on Friday.