The former Hawthorne High School All-State two sport performer said that he expects to start out at wide receiver and special teams based on previous conversations with the coaches. "Coach Zook didn't say anything about where I'd be or what to expect. He just told me to come out here and work hard. I have been working very hard to keep in shape this summer and improve. I'm going to show everybody that this scholarship is deserved. I'm going to come out and work hard. I've wanted to be a Gator forever. This fulfills a dream come true."
Marcus Baker said that he'll make the 20 minute drive to the stadium tomorrow morning to sign his University of Florida scholarship. "I'm just so glad that this happened. I didn't really know what I would do. I could walk-on, but I had other scholarship offers that I'd be turning down." Baker had told me in February that he was concerned because financially a scholarship would be hard to turn down. He didn't want to burden his family in that way.
Baker was about the leave to play some basketball with fellow Hawthorne and now fellow Gator teammate Cornelius Ingram at the Hornets gym. Based on the jubilant quiver in Baker's voice, Michael Jordan would have trouble hanging with him.