Osceola wideout Cameron Baker – one of the University of Arkansas' few remaining targets in its 2007 recruiting class – has arrived on campus for his official visit and is going to be spend a lot of time in Fayetteville the rest of this week.
Baker (6-0, 170, 4.3) will spend today and Thursday here on his official visit to Arkansas, go back to Osceola to play basketball on Friday night and then return to Fayetteville on Saturday to run in an indoor track meet at the UA.
"I'm staying pretty busy these days," Baker said recently. "But I wouldn't have it any other way."
The Razorbacks would love to add Baker to their current list of 26 commitments although Baker has said he plans to announce between Arkansas and Memphis until next Wednesday on national signing day.
Baker, planning to major in engineering, also visited Kansas State and has had interest and offers from several other schools such as Tennessee, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Colorado.
Osceola head coach Clinton Gore said there are plenty of reasons that schools have been after Baker – brother of current Razorback wideout Chris Baker (6-3, 200) – but there is one main one.
"I think the fact that he is a sprinter that can run a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash is why we have had so many coaches in here to talk about him," Gore said. "One thing they all talk about is how he runs with such a fluid motion.
"Not only does he have the speed, but he has great quickness in the fact that he can make a cut, stop and then get right away from you with another burst of quickness," Gore added. "He is just phenomenal and too hard to cover on that double move and has great hands as well."
Baker who has been to Fayetteville to see several Razorback games the past three seasons, caught 32 passes for 715 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season after hauling in 27 passes for 925 yards and 18 scores as a junior.
"He could have had a lot more catches, but we run the wishbone around here and don't just fling the ball all over the place like some schools do," Gore said. "He was very reliable for us when we did throw it. He made plays."
It's inevitable to ask about how Chris and Cameron Baker – who both run 4.3 in the 40-yard dash – compare.
"I would say that Chris is a long strider and would have the edge in just straight ahead speed, but he was not quite the receiver that Cameron is when he left here," Gore said. "Cameron is better and I think that is because he can run all the routes and has all that quickness and can do more than just beat you deep with his speed."
Cameron Baker says that his brother's lack of playing time this season, some turmoil that enveloped Arkansas in the past and the fact that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain are no longer around will not be factors in his decision.
"Not at all," Baker said. "I can understand why some people might think that, but it's not even something that is going through my mind. If it is the best situation for me both on and off the field, that is where I will be."
Baker, who also was a star at cornerback for Osceola says he will soon sit down with his family to put everything on the table.
"I will talk with my brother – who doesn't have anything bad to say about Arkansas – and the rest of my family and we will just go over everything," Baker said. "That's how I am going to bring the process to a close."
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