Miami, Fla.--With Coach Tommy Tuberville looking for a new defensive coordinator following the move of Will Muschamp to Texas, recruiting on the defensive side of the ball could see some changes in the coming weeks.
One player that has said he'll take more visits is defensive back commitment George Baker. The speedy athlete has at least two visits lined up for the month of January, but he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he still considers himself a Tiger.
"Yes, I'm still committed to Auburn," Baker says. "With Coach Muschamp leaving it doesn't change anything. I'm still committed. I'm just wondering who they're going to get in there now."
When Baker heard the news he says he got on the phone and called his recruiting coach Eddie Gran to find out what was going on. Baker notes that after talking to Gran he feels good about the future on defense at Auburn.
"I called and talked to Eddie Gran on Saturday," Baker says. "He told me about 50 people had already called Coach Tuberville for the job. He told me whoever they get in is going to be a good person and a good coach. That helped me a little bit."
A standout at Archbishop Carroll High this season, Baker is a player coveted by many schools on both sides of the ball. Two of the schools he plans to take a look at are in-state, although not two many think about first in Florida.
"I have some visits set up," Baker says. "I'm going to visit South Florida and UCF. I go to UCF on the 11th of January and I go to South Florida on the 25th."
A standout at Auburn's summer camp at both cornerback and running back in July, the 5-11, 175 Baker is being recruited by the Tigers as a cornerback. As a senior he finished with 40 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery on defense. Offensively he added 1,643 rushing yards on just 209 carries with 19 touchdowns.
In addition to USF and UCF, Baker has already visited Rutgers. He also had offers from LSU, Kansas State, Ole Miss and several other schools. As a junior Baker rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.