Clemson is ‘the best place for me'

The Clemson coaches identified cornerback as a position of need in 2013. Fortunately, for them, Adrian Baker felt at home in Tigertown.

CB Adrian Baker Profile

A one-time Florida State commitment, Baker signed with Clemson over Oklahoma in February. The final decision wasn't easy.

"It was actually pretty tough, because my cousin played for Oklahoma, Davin Joseph, so I had family ties," Baker told CUTigers in a recent interview. "Not pushing Oklahoma, but they kept putting that in my ear. I had that and I actually like Oklahoma, on top of that. So that was a pretty tough decision."

But the three-star cornerback felt more comfortable in orange.

"When it came down to it, I think Clemson was the best fit for me. It's the best place for me as a person and a football player," he said.

One other factor helped make the decision easier.

"How genuine the people are, that stood out to me," Baker said. "I visited a lot of places and it wasn't exactly like that everywhere. So when I came to Clemson that stood out to me. I really appreciated it."

He'll move from Chaminade Madonna College Prep [Hollywood, Fla.] to Clemson on June 23.

"I'm just really excited. I'm just ready to start a new chapter in my life, just get up there and just work hard and do what I can to contribute," Baker said.

Ranked by as the No. 66 cornerback in the class of 2013, Baker has set the bar high for his first year on campus.

"I have high expectations of myself, first of all, to be a good student. That comes first," he said. "I need to compete in the classroom and on the field so I can play as a freshman, to come in and compete for playing time, if not a starting position."

Baker, who is going to wear No. 21 this fall, will room with Korrin Wiggins and Jayron Kearse.

As a senior, Baker had 38 tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery and five passes breakups. On the offensive side of the ball, he had 15 catches for 480 yards and seven scores.

As a junior, Baker had five interceptions, two of which were returned for a touchdown. He also returned a punt for a score. Top Stories