Baker's Dozen?

Osceola wideout Cameron Baker (5-11, 160) has found the end zone almost a dozen times already ths season and he'll look to add to his total with two games this week - Monday night game at winless Jonesboro Westside and Friday at Valley View.

The young Baker is closing in on a dozen.

Cameron Baker (5-11, 160, 4.3), that is, the jet-quick wideout from Osceola who has caught 31 passes this season for nearly 700 yards and has already found the end zone 10 times.

Baker, the younger brother of University of Arkansas wideout Chris Baker, hopes to make it a dozen Monday night at 6:30 p.m. when the Seminoles (3-4, 2-2) play a postponed game at Jonesboro Westside (0-7, 0-4).

The game was postponed from Friday because of numerous cases of staph infection at Westside, who closed down its school on Thursday afternoon and thoroughly sanitize it from ceiling to floor.

"Pretty wild," Baker said. "We are just hoping to keep it going. We are doing pretty good so far. We had a bad start, but we've turned it around and are coming back strong. We've got us a couple of big wins over Gosnell and Trumann."

It will be the second time this season that Osceola - who will then play at Valley View on Friday - and Baker will have played a game on Monday night since an earlier game with Pocahontas was postponed because of bad weather.

"We play on Monday night more than the NFL does," Osceola head coach Clinton Gore told the Jonesboro Sun.

That postponement actually made it easier weekend than normal for Baker to make his way to Fayetteville to see his brother play this weekend in Arkansas' 38-3 thrashing of Ole Miss on Saturday.

But he admits to liking last week's visit a little more since Chris caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Casey Dick in the Razorbacks' 63-7 rout of overmatched Southeast Missouri State.

"I was definitely happy for him," Baker said. "We celebrated for a little bit. That was his first catch of the year and it went for a touchdown. It was real big for him. I think it was a real confidence boost for him and kind of got me excited about Arkansas."

Baker has offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kansas State, Memphis and Colorado and interest from Florida State.

Baker is talked before about how Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Tennessee all have his most interest and it just so happens those three are in the Top 25 this season.

"Definitely all are having very good years," Baker said. "I won't say the school I choose will be the one who wins the most, it's just going to be the one where the coaches take me in and where I feel most comfortable. I am going to go through the entire process."

He has seen games at both Arkansas and Memphis so far this fall.

"I have been here to games and went to Memphis to see the Memphis-Tennessee game," Baker said. "I enjoyed the game, the atmosphere was great, they (the Tigers) lost, but when you play big teams from the SEC you kind of expect that."

It was a 2-for-1 deal for Baker, who not only got to see the Tigers and their staff but the Volunteers and their coaches.

"Definitely," Baker said. "I saw some of the coaches that I have met and actually the coach that is recruiting me in Coach (Steve) Caldwell. I got a chance to talk with him while I was at the game. I am enjoying the process."

He will be getting to see Georgia Tech this upcoming weekend and see more Razorback games before the year is out, but ironically will not be at the Arkansas-Tennessee game in Fayetteville on Nov. 11 when he will be elsewhere on his second official.

"I have set up an official visit for Georgia Tech next weekend," Baker said. "My next visit will then be to Kansas State when they play Texas (on Nov. 11). Then I will take the rest of them after the season and we'll just see how it works out."


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