Auburn Making A Move For 4-Star Lineman

Talented lineman Kendall Baker discusses his Friday trip to Auburn, what has the Tigers in his top group, and much more.

Atlanta, Ga.—One of the top offensive line prospects in the country, four-star guard Kendall Baker from Marist, took in Auburn's practice on Friday morning and spent much of the day with Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

Playing defensive line at the moment but possibly projecting as an offensive lineman on the next level, the prospect says he enjoyed getting to know more about Auburn.

"Today was awesome," Baker said. "It was probably one of the best visits I have had coming to a school. The coaches showed they care for the players. It was really good. I will go back for A-Day and hopefully that will be a good time.

"I got to watch the players' and coaches' relationship," he added. "I got to watch Coach (Rodney) Garner in action. You can see when he's coaching that he's straight-forward. That's what I really need, a coach that is not trying to shortcut you, but telling you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. That kind of stood out to me.

"Also, just meeting with all the coaches they take the time to show me around and show me they really want me there," he said. "That really stood out too."

A frequent visitor to Georgia and with the Bulldogs the leader before his visit, Baker was on the Auburn campus last October for a game after camping on the Plains following his sophomore season. Now that he's been back to Auburn once again he says the Tigers are quickly climbing his list of schools.

"My top five right now is Georgia, Florida State, Auburn, Clemson and Alabama," Baker noted. "Georgia and Auburn stand out right now. I like Florida State a lot, too. The other two, Clemson I'm going to see them Friday and hopefully I'll have a good time there. Nothing is really set in stone yet, but I'm going to try to get it clearer as I keep going.

"Georgia is in-state," he added. "I can get people from my hometown to come watch me play and do my thing there. Auburn, I went there for a camp and won MVP. I have always liked Auburn and followed them a lot. When they won the national championship that shot them up even more."

Joined on the visit Friday by his mother, Baker said the way things went on his latest trip really made an impact on both of them and is a reason why Auburn is definitely in the hunt for him at the moment.

"The thing about this visit is I'm pretty sure my mom liked it," he pointed out. "I liked it too. If she likes it then I like it. That's going to help their chances a lot because she's feeding my ears a lot."

Being recruited as a big athlete by the Tigers, Baker spoke with Garner about defense and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes about the offensive line while on his trip and likes both. He said while he prefers defense he's willing to do anything to get on the field no matter what position he winds up.

"It's a toss-up with Auburn just like most schools," Baker said. "It could go both ways. I just want to be on the field. If they give me that opportunity to play then I want it and I'll go get it. They (Auburn) are giving me the opportunity at both, but as of right now it's mostly on the defensive side of the ball. If I have to go play offense I'm not going to say no. If I have to get on the field that's what I'll do."

Baker said he doesn't have a specific time for making his decision and notes it will happen when he falls in love with a school. He added that he would like to make his choice sometime before he senior season so he can concentrate on his final year on the field and in the classroom.

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