If there were any doubts about the speed or route-running of Osceola wideout Cameron Baker they were put to rest emphatically on Friday night at the University of Arkansas Senior Camp.
Baker (5-11, 170) not only blazed to a camp-best 4.30 in the 40-yard dash, but showed that speed and the ability to really separate from defenders in one-on-one drills with his older brother and current Razorback Chris Baker among those looking on.
"I think I opened up some more eyes tonight," Baker said. "That (the 4.3) was the lowest time I have this summer. I have run a 4.4 consistently and run most of them between the 4.4 and 4.5 range. I stretched real good, the weather was real nice and it just all came together. I thank God for letting me run like this."
Baker said he planned to peak at this particular Arkansas camp.
"This is my last camp and I plan on it from the beginning of the summer," Baker said. "I know they really wanted to see me in top shape and I didn't want to come too early or come too late. I wanted to come at just the right time and thats what happened."
Baker, who caught 27 passes for 927 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, has been offered scholarships by six schools - Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Duke, Memphis and Arkansas State.
"They all have very good programs, I am very good with the coaches at all the schools, I like all the facilities that each of the schools have and they all talk to me on a personal level," Baker said. "Everybody has an open shot right now."
In a couple of stories this week from differing recruiting sites, Baker was quoted as saying that Arkansas was in his top four in one, but not in the other.
"Arkansas is definitely - definitely - in my top four," Baker said. "There is no doubt about that. My top four right now are Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Memphis and actually Duke would make my top five."
Chris Baker was obviously pleased with the performance of his younger brother - who he admits is faster than he is.
"That's my biggest fan and I am his biggest fan," Cam Baker said of Chris. "He roots me on in everything I do and I had to come out here and make him proud tonight."
Baker will for sure take in two more unofficial visits before beginning to take some official treks.
"I will take an unofficial to Georgia Tech the first week of August," Baker said. "I will see what it is like there. I come up to Arkansas about every other month and I will be back up here in September. I will be the biggest Arkansas fan in the stands for the USC game."
One of the things he is waiting to see before making a decision is the influence that new UA offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will have on the offense.
"I am pretty sure it is going to have a big influence on my decision," Baker said. "I think he is going to incorporate a very good offense. I like what he has done so far. Chris and I talk about it and he is really liking it. It is all about the depth chart and that I can get a great degree in school."
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