Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) was at Ohio State’s spring game and he participated in the school’s Friday Night Lights camp in July.
But nothing prepared the 2014 quarterback for what he saw Saturday on his unofficial visit to The Horseshoe when the Buckeyes knocked out Miami (Ohio) in a 56-10 win in front of 105,039 fans.
“It probably will be a real historical event once his career is done at Ohio State. To say I was there for the first game of the Urban [Meyer] era was pretty cool,” Barker said. “It was pretty crazy with all the people cheering.
“I took some videos on my phone. The place was packed. The atmosphere at the spring game was much more laid back, but you could feel the intensity of the fans and the crowd. It was unbelievable.”
While Barker doesn’t have an offer just yet from the Buckeyes, he says he’s one of five quarterbacks Ohio State is interested in and that goes a long way for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior.
Ohio State is very interested, but has told 2014 quarterbacks they won’t hand out offers until the middle of the season.
“Coach [Tom] Herman said they have four and possibly a fifth guy they’re strictly looking at,” Barker said. “I’m definitely in the four they’re going to be pulling from. That’s pretty cool I’m even with that group.”
As a sophomore, he passed for 1,473 yards and seven scores and rushed for 1,570 yards and 22 touchdowns to show he’s more than just a one-trick quarterback.
Barker thinks he’d be a perfect fit for the Buckeyes.
“Watching Coach Herman and Coach Meyer’s new offense, it started off a little slow, but once it got going I saw it was very good and had some similarities to my high school offense,” he said.
Barker has an offer from Louisville and was planning to travel Sunday afternoon to watch the Cardinals play Kentucky.