Scout 300 lineman sets date

At one time Kendall Baker considered over 20 schools, but that list has been dwindled down considerably. He is now down to five and he will be down to one very soon...

The Scout 300 lineman has thought about committing for some time, but now he knows he is getting close to making one of the biggest decisions of his life.

Kendall Baker has taken visits, he has evaluated numerous schools, and he will be making his college choice early next month.

"I will be committing on July 3. I have decided that will be the date that I announce my decision. I will not be doing anything special - just picking up the phone, calling the coaches, and then releasing the news," Baker told Scout.

Over two dozen schools have offered the 6-foot-6, 276 pound senior who could play defensive or offensive line on the next level is down to five.

"Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt are the schools I am still considering. I know each one of those schools well, all are still on my list, and I will choose one of those on July 3."

Baker stated that there is no leader at this time.

There will be very soon though for the four-star out of Atlanta (Ga.) Marist.

"I have pretty much seen what I needed to see and I am very close to knowing which school is the one for me," Baker said. "The week I will commit is the dead week for us at Marist, so I may take another visit or two before I commit. I will be ready though - I am real close now."

When asked if any of those five schools are in strong pursuit, Baker quickly said, "Yes, Auburn and Georgia. I actually talked to Coach [Bryan] McClendon (Georgia) and Coach [Rodney] Garner (Auburn) today (Sunday). They have really been recruiting me hard lately."

Baker's most recent visit was to Auburn. He also visited FSU, Georgia, and Georgia Tech in 2013. Vanderbilt was the second school to offer him in the summer of 2012.

Scout ranks Baker as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the country. He could play either side of the ball on the next level, but his preference is defense.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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