RECRUITING UPDATE: Baker eager to hit UF campus

June 21st can't arrive soon enough for Kalvin "Pig" Baker. That's the day he will report to the University of Florida to begin his summer classes with the other 2005 recruits. He has been working extra hard to get ready for football SEC style at Florida and he is ready to make the trip to Gainesville so he can get started.

The soft-spoken 6-0, 238-pound linebacker from Columbus (GA) Pacelli spoke to Gator Country about his off-season preparation for the 2005 season.

"Right now I'm following the program the (Gator) coaches gave me," he said. "I have a DVD that explains the whole program. I also have a workout book and a nutrition book that I follow to the letter."

Although the Gator coaching staff has not given Baker a specific weight they want him to report in at he has taken the initiative to shed a few pounds.

"No, they haven't given me a specific weight target but I am down to 238 (from 245) right now," he said. "I want to lose a little weight so I can improve on my speed."

As a senior at Pacelli, Baker totaled 153 tackles, 14 sacks and one interception. As a junior he had 29 sacks, four short of the Georgia record, to go with 129 tackles, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception. Those gaudy numbers are just part of the reason Baker caught the attention of not just the Florida staff, but practically every other Division I school in the south. He was an early commit to Florida although Clemson and Auburn made a big play for him.

Baker and his family got a preview of what it will be like when he dons his Gator uniform when they attended the annual Orange and Blue spring game.

"I was really impressed with the game but the thing that blew me away was the 59,000 fans that were there," he said. "That was amazing! I'm really looking forward to getting down there and getting started. Coach (Chuck) Heater has been staying in touch with me and keeping me up to date on the program."

Kalvin Baker typifies the kind of student athlete Coach Urban Meyer is recruiting to the University of Florida. Gator fans can expect the "Pig" (the nickname given to Baker by his mother) to not only be a top notch football player but a top student and a first class citizen as well.

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