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Friday, November 9, 2012
Ohio State pays QB Drew Barker a visit

By Brad Bournival

Quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) is becoming very familiar with Ohio State.

An attendee at the spring game, the ESPN Watch List junior took an unofficial visit to The Horseshoe for the season opener against Miami (Ohio) and is planning another for the Michigan game on Nov. 24.

The admiration apparently goes both ways as assistant coach Zach Smith paid a visit to Barker's high school on Friday.

While Barker doesn’t have an offer just yet -- only Clemson commit DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) has received one among 2014 quarterbacks -- it’s obvious there is serious interest in the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior.

Barker has indicated to ESPN he wants to make his decision early and has a handful of offers, most notably South Carolina and Louisville. He also has strong interest in Notre Dame and is planning an unofficial visit to see the Fighting Irish the week before he comes to Ohio State for the Michigan game.

Barker is 124-of-205 for 1,776 yards and threw 19 touchdowns. He has also ran the ball 193 times for 1,325 yards and added 17 more scores. His Cougars have scored 429 points, a 39.0 points-per-game clip.

The Cougars (9-2) play Franklin County (11-0) in a second-round playoff game tonight. Last season, Conner met Franklin County in the playoffs and won 84-48 and rushed for 745 yards as four players reached triple digits on the ground for the Cougars.

As a sophomore, Barker passed for 1,473 yards and seven scores and rushed for 1,570 yards and 22 touchdowns.