RECRUITING: Kalvin Baker remains solid UF commit

Way back in September, Kalvin Baker of Columbus (GA) Pacelli became the first commitment to the Florida Gators 2005 recruiting class. Things have been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Gators since the season started but one constant has been Baker's commitment. However, when solid commitments decide to take visits to other schools that tends to make the masses a little nervous.

Last weekend, Baker was at Clemson where he admits he "had a good time…I saw some friends." Asked if he is still a Gator commitment after that visit, Baker replied, "Yeah." Simple, yet there was no doubt.

Baker is set to take his final scheduled visit to Gainesville this weekend. He sounded excited about the prospects of this trip, saying, "I'm looking forward to hanging out with some of the players and to see what they have to say about the academic program."

With a new staff in place, it would figure that there would be some gaps in the communication chain, but Baker put that concern to rest.

"I talk to my recruiting coach (Chuck Heater)," said Baker, who thinks the coaches he's met on the new staff are quite cool. "I can call anytime I want to."

Academically, Baker is considering a major in sports management or business management. He is already fully qualified.

Baker is looking forward to meeting the Gator players and spending time with his future teammates this weekend. He said he looks forward to a chance to hang out with "Channing Crowder and Chris Leak and the rest of the guys, even though Channing's not going to be there anymore."

Baker sounded a bit surprised when notified that his ranking with has moved up from three to four stars.

"I am? It's about time," he said with little hesitation.

Kalvin Baker is 6-1, 235 pounds and slated to play on the strong side in the Gators 4-3 defensive alignment.

Kalvin also wanted to pass on some words to the Gator nation before he arrives on campus. "It's a dream come true," said the big linebacker whose nickname is Pig. "I always wanted to be a Gator. I told my parents when I was in middle school that I was going to play for the Gators."

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