Malakoff Athlete Q.T. Barker Gets First Offer From Stephen F. Austin
The wait is over for Q.T. Barker.
Stephen F. Austin dropped the bombshell Friday evening by extending a college football scholarship opportunity the Malakoff athlete's way. Barker, a versatile offensive athlete and a defensive back, announced the news of his very first Division I offer through his personal Twitter account.
Barker (5-11, 162) helped Malakoff to an 11-2 record during his junior campaign last year, including a second-place finish in District 11-3A Division I and an area round appearance against three-time defending state champion Cameron Yoe.
Malakoff, an enormous underdog to Yoe, exploded for a 32-7 advantage through the final three minutes of the first half. Barker spearheaded the effort with a 96-yard kick return and a 35-yard pick six.
Yoe clawed back for a 45-44 win and ultimately made its fourth straight state championship game appearance before falling to Brock. Star Yoe running back Traion Smith sustained a compound leg injury just before scoring midway through the title game with his team up 12-6.
With Barker, Malakoff posted a combined record of 20-4 the past two seasons. He'll be leaned on even more as a senior.
Malakoff will participate in District 9-3A Division I for the next two years against Elkhart, Eustace, Groesbeck, Pleastine Westwood, Teague, West and Whitney.
Stephen F. Austin has been a popular destination for East Texas players since it began its football program in 1923.
Brownsboro athlete Tamrick Pace, Tyler Lee quarterback Zach Hall and Nacogdoches receiver Alex Gregory signed with the school in February. Additionally, Pittsburg senior linebacker Fre'Zarian Harrison committed to the program Wednesday.
Clint Conque will begin his third season as head coach of the Lumberjacks in September. He has a 12-12 overall record in Nacogdoches and guided the program to an FCS playoffs appearance in 2014.
The ‘Jacks struggled to a 0-5 start last year but seemed to turn a corner midway through the campaign. They won four of their final six games.
Four of seven losses came by eight points or less. One defeat was at the hands of TCU from the Big 12 Conference.
Barker, like all high school football players currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February.