Speedy DB Eager to Check Out Tigers

One of South Florida's most athletic football prospects talks about his official visit to Auburn for this weekend's game against Kansas State.

Miami, Fla.--A standout at an Auburn summer camp and one of Florida's fastest players is scheduled to take an official visit to the Plains this weekend to see the Tigers take on Kansas State at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Archbishop Carroll cornerback George Baker says that he can't wait to visit Auburn again and get to experience a game day.

"I had a great time there this summer," Baker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm expecting to have a wonderful time this time when I go up there. That was my first trip to Auburn and I didn't really expect anything too big. I really didn't know what to expect. I expected to go up there and compete and have fun. That's what I did. It was a great time.

"I have been hearing so much stuff about the atmosphere and the stadium and how the fans go crazy," he adds. "I'm real excited about seeing that. Basically I want to get up there and enjoy myself and have a good time."

Holding 10 offers at the moment, Baker says that Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Kansas State are part of the group at the moment. While saying he's still not ready to make a commitment, Baker notes one school is in the lead as he prepares to take his first official visit.

"If I had to choose right now, if I have a school out fron, it would be Auburn," Baker says. "I like Auburn because the coaches are straightforward with me, especially Coach (Eddie) Gran. He does not sugar coat anything. He doesn't lie to me. He tells me like it is. Another thing is that I want to play as a freshman. At Auburn I'm going to get that opportunity. I like that about them, too."

George Baker was impressive at Auburn's summer camp.

Another factor working in Auburn's favor is having Will Muschamp as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Baker says he really enjoyed working with Muschamp in the camp and thinks he would be a great coach to play for.

"He's a great coach," Baker says. "In the several days I got to work with him he seems like he knows his football. He's just a good coach to be around."

Being recruited as a cornerback by the Tigers, the 5-11, 175-pounder, who was clocked at a 4.38 second 40-yard dash time at the Scout.com Combine in Miami last summer, says that he enjoys playing on both sides of the ball but says his talents make him more valuable as a defender on the next level.

"I'm the type of cornerback who likes to get up in the receiver's face and jam him," Baker says. "I like to get real physical with them and trash talk and jam them off the line. Then once the ball is thrown I'm a ball hog. I go up and get it."

Baker's problem is that most of the time teams stayed away from him in his junior season and he had just one interception, but added 50 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Also a threat on offense, he rushed 1,010 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 93 carries. With his speed he was also a threat in the return game with four kickoff returns for scores and two punt returns for touchdowns as well.

Baker and his teammates get the season started this Friday night when they face the powerful Bolles School in one of the best match ups in Florida the opening weekend of the season. Carroll finished 6-5 last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs while Bolles won its eighth state title and finished the year undefeated.


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