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    Default Conner QB Receives Invitation to Elite 11

    2014 Conner QB Drew Barker has been invited to participate in the Elite 11 regional event in Columbus in May.

    Some rising Juniors participate even though they cannot qualify for the Elite 11 in California.

    Good chance to be seen and receive good instruction.

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    Thanks for the update Clyde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    Thanks for the update Clyde.
    No problem. Big summer ahead for the youngster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    2014 Conner QB Drew Barker has been invited to participate in the Elite 11 regional event in Columbus in May.

    Some rising Juniors participate even though they cannot qualify for the Elite 11 in California.

    Good chance to be seen and receive good instruction.
    Excellent!! Congrats to Barker. I love seeing the local kids get the recognition.

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    I do not subscribe to CatsPause but Drummond put this out on Twitter today.

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    Very nice recognition! Family and Conner community must be proud.

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    Very cool. Congrats to the young man and best of luck to him. Like VOR and others, I like seeing local kids do well. It's great for them, the community and Ky high school football.

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    Drew received an invite to a Nike regional event in Columbus.

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    LSU invited Drew to attend their spring game.

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    NKY is producing the QBs---Pike, Towles and now this kid. Something in the water?

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    Great news, and Congrats !!

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    Drew has been invited to Ohio State's spring game on 4.21 .

    He will be visiting UL on 4.13 .
    Last edited by Clyde; Apr 5, 12 at 10:21 PM.

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    Thanks for the update Clyde.

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    Exciting times for Drew! Congratulations!

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    If you have access to Scout:

    "I've heard from schools like Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Louisville and LSU," he explained. "Ohio State is where my mother went to school, but I was never interested in them until Urban Meyer was hired. I love the offense he runs, and how he uses his quarterbacks. I've never been there, but I will be going to the spring game. They also want me to come to a spring practice before that. Coach (Kerry) Coombs told me I'm as high on their board as any 2014 quarterback."

    "Penn State is another school I'm very interested in," he continued. "Their new quarterbacks coach, Charlie Fisher, was recruiting me from Miami of Ohio, and when he went to Penn State, he continued recruiting me. I've been talking to him on the phone, and he wants me to come up to camp. Wisconsin is a school I've visited for a game, and I saw them against Penn State and loved it up there. The coaches were great to me, and I'm definitely interested in Wisconsin. Louisville is on the rise under Coach (Charlie) Strong, and they started recruiting me as a freshman. Coach Strong told me I'm the number one quarterback on their board, and they want me to come up for spring practice. LSU is a great program, and they just started showing interest recently. I would have great interest in them, and I want to learn more about them."

    Scout.com: Top 2014 QB Drawing Interest

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    Penn State has invited Drew to their spring game.

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    Having been through the recruiting process myself, I am quite familiar with the rules and so forth.. To my knowladge, schools are not permitted to contact (calls, text, or email) a high school player during their sophomore year at any point.. Sophomores can unofficailly visit as many campuses as they would like, as well as call a school to set these visits up. All expenses (travel, meals, tickets to the games etc.) must be covered by the players parents. Technically the only corrospendance they can recieve from a school during their sophomore year is a brochure about an upcoming camp. If a school is sending hand written letters, or making 1st phone calls and invitations, they are in direct violation of NCAA recruting laws. I am not downplaying young Mr. Barker's talent, because he is a very talented QB. But he is a sophomore, and if he really is being invited to all of these spring games, and or getting calls or texts from coaches, then those schools are violating the rules. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep such information off the web. I think schools these days are becoming more and more aware of the rules, and are trying to make it a point to follow them. Take what happened to the Baylor University basketball program.. It was just announced yesterday that both men's and women's programs will be hit with sanctions due to impropper recruiting practices.

    Again, I am not downplaying Drew's talents, becasue he is a big, strong, and talented QB. He is going to be recruited by many schools, but lets keep in mind that he is a sophomore, and has plenty of time to be recruited. Let's not mistake him taking unofficial visits to campuses, and attending their spring game as being recruited by that school just yet..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino859 View Post
    Having been through the recruiting process myself, I am quite familiar with the rules and so forth.. To my knowladge, schools are not permitted to contact (calls, text, or email) a high school player during their sophomore year at any point.. Sophomores can unofficailly visit as many campuses as they would like, as well as call a school to set these visits up. All expenses (travel, meals, tickets to the games etc.) must be covered by the players parents. Technically the only corrospendance they can recieve from a school during their sophomore year is a brochure about an upcoming camp. If a school is sending hand written letters, or making 1st phone calls and invitations, they are in direct violation of NCAA recruting laws. I am not downplaying young Mr. Barker's talent, because he is a very talented QB. But he is a sophomore, and if he really is being invited to all of these spring games, and or getting calls or texts from coaches, then those schools are violating the rules. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep such information off the web. I think schools these days are becoming more and more aware of the rules, and are trying to make it a point to follow them. Take what happened to the Baylor University basketball program.. It was just announced yesterday that both men's and women's programs will be hit with sanctions due to impropper recruiting practices.

    Again, I am not downplaying Drew's talents, becasue he is a big, strong, and talented QB. He is going to be recruited by many schools, but lets keep in mind that he is a sophomore, and has plenty of time to be recruited. Let's not mistake him taking unofficial visits to campuses, and attending their spring game as being recruited by that school just yet..
    As one who went through the recruiting process you know that schools are NOT contacting Drew directly. Top sophomores across the country are getting offers, being invited to schools, and being invited to spring games. It's quite easy for colleges to follow the rules and still talk to recruits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    As one who went through the recruiting process you know that schools are NOT contacting Drew directly. Top sophomores across the country are getting offers, being invited to schools, and being invited to spring games. It's quite easy for colleges to follow the rules and still talk to recruits.
    Again I want to say that from watching him play on one or two occasions, and talking to those that follow the conner program, Drew is a very talented player, and will have the opportunity to play at the next level, for many different schools, I'd even say he'll have his pick of the litter..

    If he is not being contacted directly, how is he recieving invites to games? I am not saying anything negative about Drew or his talent level, I just feel like there are many people putting presure on him. And there are many people who are not aware of how the recruiting process works. It is very detailed and date specific.

    Sophomores are not getting offers, because that is against the rules. A player can begin to recieve offers and can verbally commit in the month of April during their Junior year. April 15-May 31 i believe is the specific time frame. They can then still recieve offers from other schools, and will officially sign their LOI (letter of intent) beginning in the month of February of their senior year. There are a few times that are "dead periods" or "quiet periods" in the recruiting process when schools cannot call. These processes are set into place so that a kid in high school is not bombarded and overwhelmed from colleges chasing him down 24/7. They want to make sure that the high school player is mature enough to handle the recruiting process. But this process begins when the player is a junior in high school.

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    Congrats to the young man. NKY has almost becoming a breeding ground for college QB prospects over the past few years. Awesome for the fans to get to see some really talented players.