"It's pretty fun," Barker said. "You've got a lot of people pointing you in a lot of directions, but my parents and my coaches back at home and my friends really keep me down to earth and don't let it all get to my head. They'll talk to me about other things besides football and not always about football — 'Just sit down, relax.'
"So there are a lot of people pulling you in a lot of different directions, but it's kind of what I always wanted. I'm kind of blessed to be in the position and it's pretty awesome."
Barker dazzled Friday at the Elite 11 regional quarterback camp at the Lake Barrington Field House. He was chosen as one of seven players to compete in the golden gun competition at the end.
The nation's No. 7 signal caller is aware that most in the Bluegrass State are hoping he can stick around and help lift a certain program in Lexington, but he said his friends and family have allowed him time to think everything through on his own.
Barker has liked what Mark Stoops has done in his short time with the Wildcats.
"Coach Stoops has definitely turned it around just from recruiting Ohio," Barker said. "All five of their commits are from Ohio, and previously they hadn't recruited that state hard at all. So they're turning it around, they're getting a lot of attention and I think the coaches are really going to turn it around and start building a competitor here in a few years."
With a May 10 decision looming, Barker was just happy to go out and compete with some of the other top signal-callers in the nation, as 67 quarterbacks from 23 states converged to learn from veterans such as ESPN analyst and Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer and current Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner.
"This is the top stage, it's the elite stage — that's why it's called the Elite 11," Barker said. "They've got a great coaching staff. They teach you a lot of things. They're not just looking at the guys that come in with all the attention. They talk the talk about going through every guy and giving everybody a clean slate. So I think that's pretty cool. And obviously the competition out here was great today and I learned a lot, so it was a great time."
Allen, Arizona rising
Four-star quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) just wants to play against the best, wherever that may be. And he thinks coming from Arizona gives him a great leg up when showcasing his abilities nationally.
Whether it has been Brett Hundley (UCLA) three years ago, Davonte Neal (Notre Dame/Arizona) and Connor Brewer (Texas) two years ago or Tyler Bruggman (Washington State) this past year, the Grand Canyon State has not been short on talent, and Allen's recent performances have only extended the his area's growing rep.
"The talent level in Arizona is huge this year; I think it's the biggest it's ever been," Allen said. "We have probably 30 Division I recruits I think, maybe more, in Arizona. We've got great kids. We've got some kids under the radar that haven't been heard of yet, like my friend Luke Rubenzer back home — he can play as good as I can but it's just his height that he's not getting looked at.
"So, I mean, there's a lot a lot of great kids in Arizona that can play, but it's just the state, not many people look at Arizona as a competitive state, but this year it's been really good."
Arizona currently has four prospects in the ESPN 150.
Durkin a model Spartan
A three-star quarterback who is Michigan State-bound? Sounds just like the Spartan type.
During Mark Dantonio's time in East Lansing, MSU has thrived at carving the model quarterback out of under-recruited prospects. Three-star quarterback Chris Durkin (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) will seemingly fit in perfectly.
"The fact that they're a big family, they all do everything they can for each other," Durkin said, when asked what made the MSU fit so well. "And I think that goes a long way with winning football games. They all treat each other like they're brothers and the more you go to bat for your brother, your team, the better you'll be."
With his senior year still ahead of him, Durkin has kept in touch regularly with his future teammates.
"I talked to Connor Cook and Josiah Price and they just keep me updated on what's going on up there and they tell me they look forward to seeing me up there in two years," Durkin said. "They're just happy I'm committed there and they just keep me updated on everything that happens up there."