- Tom Luginbill, ESPN Staff Writer
The Wildcats added ESPN 150 QB Drew Barker and our scouts believe his skill set is well suited for new coach Mark Stoops.
What he brings: A rugged, physical mentality as a passer and deceptively good runner. Could be a factor as a designated runner and an ideal fit for the offense that wants to move the launch point in the passing game. Can be a very good improviser with the ball when things break down and is a bit more dynamic than what Kentucky has played with the last few years.
How he fits: Roster is getting deeper and more talented over the last three years with Maxwell Smith, Jalen Whitlow and highly touted Patrick Towles, who both played as true freshmen. Competition is getting ready to heat up, which is a very good thing. If Barker signs in February, the position for the Wildcats will be more talented than it has been in recent memory for new coach Mark Stoops.
Reminds us of: Johnny Stanton from the 2013 class, who signed with Nebraska. Both are a bit raw and untapped as passers, but also very good athletes to boot.
History at position: Hit and miss. Tim Couch and the "hefty lefty" Jared Lorenzen saw moderate to high success in Lexington and then Andre Woodson led the Wildcats to consecutive 9-3 seasons and three bowls.
Prediction for performance: Tough to gauge because the position is very young at Kentucky right now. If they rely on the QB being a factor in the run game, he could prove to be very productive. He’ll redshirt, which is the best thing for him.
How the class is shaping up: Already up to 10 verbal commitments and we have evaluated them all, which at an early stage for Kentucky means they are on some pretty good players. Mark Stoops and his staff closed fast in 2013 and seem to be rolling right along for 2014 prospects.
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