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Penn State Football: Class of 2014 Quarterback Drew Barker on Nittany Lions Radar

by on July 02, 2012 6:14 AM

It’s never too early to talk potential Penn State quarterbacks, even if they’re barely old enough to drive a car.

And Drew Barker, a dual-threat prospect for the Class of 2014, certainly is on Penn State’s radar.

The Burlington, Ky., native toured Penn State and participated in an advanced skills camp last month. No scholarship offer has been extended yet, according to various recruiting websites, but he is only 16 years old and entering his junior year of high school. There’s time.

“It was really awesome,” Barker said of his visit. “I saw all of the facilities, and when I went out on the field I thought that was the best part. It was like a jaw-dropping experience when you walk out of the tunnel and you see the Penn State logo and you can just feel all the tradition and that.”

Two Big Ten schools (Purdue and Illinois) have offered Barker, as has South Carolina, among others. Ohio State is reportedly high on him, and he’s scheduled to go camping at Alabama later this month, according to 247 Sports.

So, he’s no slouch.

The Hebron (Ky.) Conner quarterback threw for more than 1,400 yards with seven touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,500 yards with 22 touchdowns last season.

Penn State has already secured a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg for 2013. He’ll participate in the Elite 11 on July 18-22 in Redondo Beach, Calif. The quarterback showcase features 24 of the country’s top high school senior quarterbacks.

Of course, this is not the first time Penn State has a connection to Elite 11. Rob Bolden participated in the program in 2009 while ex-QB Darryl Clark served as a counselor.

Barker said he is intrigued by the possibility of playing for Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who most recently served as Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady's offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.

“That’s as good as it gets right there, a guy that coached Tom Brady,” Barker said of O'Brien. “That means he knows what he’s doing and he can prepare you to go farther and he can teach you a lot of things and that’s really awesome.”

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