"I am always watching football and when I am not watching football I am watching basketball," Baker told Badger Nation. "It doesn't matter if it's professional, college or high school because I just love the game. I know a lot about a lot of programs just by watching them, and so I know who I like and don't like."
That television knowledge is one of the main reasons Baker – a 6-1, 165-pound 2013 cornerback of Chaminade Madonna (FL) High – got excited after first talking to defensive coordinator Chris Ash and really excited Thursday after picking up an offer from the Badgers.
"I love the atmosphere at Wisconsin," said Baker. "I see them play a lot and they are impressive. They play in some big-time games, especially competing in the Rose Bowl. I watch them whenever they are on the national circuit. They are a great program with great tradition."
Rated the No.50 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Baker finished his junior season with 21 tackles, five interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Baker reports that members of the Badgers' coaching staff watched him practice twice during the spring.
"I've had some good talks with Wisconsin," said Baker. "They said they like my size and height. Coach Ash thinks I have a knack for the ball and I can make big plays. That's pretty much what they like about me."
With over 15 offers, including offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU and Oklahoma, Baker has already visited the three major Florida schools and plans to camp at Miami this weekend and Ohio State later this month. He has not visited Wisconsin and is unsure if he will be able to take an unofficial visit to Madison this summer.
"It would be an honor to visit them," said Baker, "but it's something I have to work out because I am interested in them."
Although Baker admitted he was on the verge of making a decision this spring, the increased interest stemming from the spring evaluation period has caused him to take a giant step back.
"I have to take officials because there are a lot of schools in the mix," said Baker. "There is a lot I have to research in order to make a good decision."
Baker hopes to narrow his list to a top 10 by the end of June, a top five later in the summer and take officials to those schools.