“After discussions with my family and coaches, I am very proud to announce that I have decided to commit to Duke University,” wrote Florida OL Zach Baker on his Twitter account. “I want to thank all of the coaches that have given me the opportunity and recruited me throughout this process.”
Baker picked Duke over offers from from UAB, Florida International, South Florida, James Madison, Presbyterian, Mercer and South Alabama, as well as interest from Michigan State, Florida State and Miami.
At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he projects as an interior lineman. Given Duke’s preference for each lineman to learn the role of the other four positions, Baker could end up playing either center or guard.
Throughout the process, Baker maintained that his studies would guide his decision more than football.
"Education is first," Baker previously told Scout. "Football ends no matter what and a great degree lasts a lifetime. An atmosphere of winning and family (are important as well). I also have to love the coaching staff. I want to explore, so distance isn't an issue."
As far as scouting goes, Baker possesses a nasty streak, has good pad level, and finishes his blocks with force, resulting in several pancake blocks on Friday nights.
"I'm a hard-working, humble, nasty, get after you type guy," Baker said. "I pride myself on finishing blocks. I played tackle last year, but I'm switching to center. Everyone mostly wants me as an inside guy."