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New Kentucky regime wins big SEC recruiting battle

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10:10 AM ET 05.11 | Mark Stoops immediately energized the Kentucky football fan base upon arrival, and that was reinforced at the team's spring game when more than 50,000 fans showed up one year after attendance was announced at 4,500 for the contest. Keep in mind that in the final two home games of 2012 the Wildcats had a reported combined actual attendance of less than 40,000. That passion and energy has apparently carried over to the recruiting trail as well for Stoops and Co. as the 'Cats received a commitment from Class of 2014 quarterback Drew Barker on Friday. The 6-4, 205-pound in-state product from Conner Senior High School (Hebron, KY) chose UK over South Carolina and Tennessee after a late recruiting push by Stoops and his staff. The pocket passer was considered a strong lean toward South Carolina until Joker Phillips was replaced by Stoops, whose staff reportedly sent Barker up to 115 letters in one day. Barker is a big "get" for Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown, as he is ranked as the No. 5 quarterback prospect nationally in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com. Brown's scheme is pass-oriented, and Barker's strength is as a dropback passer despite being able to run well.

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May 11, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Stoops saved this kid from Spurrier.

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May 11, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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U mean just UTk..Only one thy will jump in the East..West.. I give you Arky and Moo St

How bout Mizzou in the east?

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May 11, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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forgot about them...L1G needs to take them off our hands

Pay 'em. They'll do anything for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

May 11, 2013  12:11 PM ET

I've actually seen this kid play. I think he is underrated as a QB. The recruiting services have several QBs ahead of him that I don't think are as good. It might be because the lack of competition in Kentucky HS football. But I still think Stoops is getting a future star here.

May 11, 2013  12:37 PM ET

Wow, 50,000 at the spring game - did they run a promotion?

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May 11, 2013  02:20 PM ET
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Wow, 50,000 at the spring game - did they run a promotion?

Yes, they actually identified some athletes, on the field, that were students.

May 11, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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forgot about them...L1G needs to take them off our hands

Hey, they came to us hat in hand and we turned them down. SEC snatched 'em up first chance they got.

May 11, 2013  02:45 PM ET
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I mean ALL of the SEC east, and some of the west too. We already owned Arkie.

You owned Arkie, but now that they have a B1G coach, gonna be a new king in the west.

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May 11, 2013  04:30 PM ET
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Only if BB gets to keep playing the LSOPS, the L1G

I've noticed a trend in the SEC West: Whenever a program gets serious about winning, they find a guy with B1G pedigree. Saban - MSU, Miles -TSUN, Sumlin - Purdue, and Bielima - Wisconsin.. As far as I know, the other three don't have B1G credentials. It will be interesting to see how they finish this year. Maybe the SEC West is getting ready to become the B1G South!

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