The Gamecocks have been hot and heavy after quarterback recruit Drew Barker. 

They've done an outstanding job with the quarterback to a point where it looked like an early commitment was inevitable for the Gamecocks. 

It's all seemingly changed when Mark Stoops became the head coach at the University of Kentucky. 

Stoops has made Barker the main priority in their 2014 recruiting class and his efforts have paid off. Still, South Carolina has stayed out front, if ever so slightly, with the Wildcats making a charge. Barker visited South Carolina recently for the weekend and had planned to come back for the Gamecocks spring game on April 13. 

Not any more. 

Barker has changed his plans and made the switch to visit UK that same weekend and take in the Wildcats spring game instead. 

It's certainly disappointing news where the Gamecocks are concerned but they've obviously done a great job with Barker so far and will still have their chance to land his commitment in the coming months. 

The Gamecocks have identified Barker as their choice at quarterback in this cycle and have other options should they miss on the four-star recruit. Tyler Harris is one who could potentially see an offer should Barker choose UK but the Gamecocks could also elect to skip signing at quarterback in this class thanks to the young talent on campus already. 

It'll be interesting to see where things go from here between Barker and both South Carolina and Kentucky. It's an unlikely recruiting battle that you won't see often but this one certainly merits watching down the stretch.