Ex-Gopher WR A.J. Barker transfers to Houston
A.J. Barker, the University of Minnesota walk-on receiver who left the team last month after posting a scathing open letter to Gophers coach Jerry Kill, has accepted a scholarship offer to play for the University of Houston, according to a report by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
“He’s super excited now that he has a coach that truly believes he’s the real deal,” said Ross, a former Wisconsin walk-on receiver. “He’s gonna do great. I’m excited for him. It’s a great opportunity.”
Houston coach Tony Levine has a connection to the Minnesota program, having played wide receiver for the Gophers from 1991-95.
Barker, a walk-on, led Minnesota receivers with 30 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns, before suffering a high ankle sprain during a 44-28 victory over Purdue on Oct. 27.
He announced his departure and claims of mistreatment on Nov. 18 on Twitter and in an open letter to Kill on Tumblr.
Kill denied Barker was mistreated and said he wished Barker had talked with him before deciding to quit the team.