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You've got mail! QB receives 115 letters from Kentucky in one day

Coveted recruit gets 115 letters from UK ... in one day

4:37 PM, Mar. 26, 2013 EDT

UK send QB Drew Barker 115 pieces of mail in one day. / Photo courtesy Drew Barker

Drew Barker is used to getting a lot of mail.

As one of the nation's most heavily recruited quarterbacks, the Conner High School junior usually finds 15 to 20 letters in all each day from the multitude of college football coaches who want him to play for their team.

Tuesday, however, was an exceptionally busy day at the mailbox, thanks to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

Barker received 115 handwritten letters from the UK staff alone, with each coach -- offense and defense -- telling him he's the Wildcats' No. 1 recruiting priority in 2014.

"I opened up the mailbox like I do every day, and they started falling out," said Barker, a four-star player ranked as the nation's No. 153 junior by Rivals.com. "I was like, 'Oh, my gosh.' It was insane what it looked like in my mailbox. It was all crammed in there, and they had a bunch of rubber bands around them. It was pretty awesome, and I was pretty shocked."

Barker posted a picture of the letters laid out, covering nearly his entire kitchen table.

All of the envelopes were "customized," Barker said, with his No. 7 written somewhere on the outside with "my name all decorated," and each letter had a different message.

He said the most pieces of mail he had previously received from a single school was about 50 from South Carolina, and he said he's received 40 a couple of times from other teams.

Barker said he received about 150 letters in all on Tuesday, including some from North Carolina State, Louisiana State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and Mississippi State.

Those schools all sent one or two pieces of mail apiece. Barker said Stoops himself wrote about 10 letters.

"I've seen some other crazy pictures of guys getting a bunch of letters in the mail, but I've never really seen 115," he said. "That was pretty nuts. I didn't really know what to think."

Barker said UK, with its mail overload, had convinced him that he's atop the Cats' player wish list.

"If they hadn't before, they definitely have now," he said.

Barker, who posted a picture of the UK letters on Twitter, said he received feedback from many people who thought the Cats' bulk mailing was "kind of weird," but he enjoyed it.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Barker, who has already been selected to play in next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "People are wondering if recruits like that stuff. I'd say if anybody got that amount of letters in the mail in one day, I think they'd definitely like it."

Kentucky's (letter) press comes as Barker moves closer to a college decision. He plans to make a commitment sometime in late April or early May and is in the process of taking multiple college visits.



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