Cam Baker: Adds Offers, Trims Favorites

Cameron Baker, the speedy receiver for Osceola High School in Ark., has trimmed his favorites list. Baker recently returned from camp with the Tennessee Vols and has scheduled an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and plans to attend senior camp at Arkansas in the near future.

Georgia Tech is a top choice says WR prospect Cameron Baker, along with Tennessee, Kansas State and LSU. A rising senior at Osceola High School in Osceola, Arkansas, Baker recently returned from camp with the Tennessee Vols and is scheduled to attend senior camp at Arkansas in the near future.

Although he cites older brother Chris Baker, a split end for the Razorbacks, as his favorite college player, the younger Baker did not mention Arkansas as a frontrunner at this time.

When asked which attributes were most important to him in choosing a school, Cameron said, "Distance isn't really a factor. I'd say depth chart, coaching staff, experience and academics, definitely academics." Academics will certainly play a big role in his decision, as he still plans to major in computer engineering.

Cameron is planning an unofficial visit to Tech on July 1, leaving the night before to make the trip from Osceola with this mother, but plans to "make my official visits sometime this fall." He has been in contact with several of the Yellow Jackets coaching staff, including Chan Gailey, Patrick Nix and Giff Smith.

Baker, who currently claims offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee, is looking to play in an offense that "throws the ball." "Any wide receiver wants the rock in his hands, but I also understand the importance of blocking." In Osceola's run-based offense, Baker has proved to be a big-play receiver with an average 34.3 yards per catch and 18 TDs during his junior season.

He claims his biggest strength as a rising talent is "being coachable," but like most young recruits he feels he could improve his game by training to become "bigger and faster." In addition to his talents on the field, Baker is a leader on the Osceola Seminoles track and field team, placing 2nd at the AAAA state meet in May with a 10.82 time in the 100-meter dash.

After completing rehab in June for a pulled hamstring, Baker clocked an unofficial 10.64 in the 100-meter, beating the new state record of 10.77, set this year at the AAAA meet. Obviously the injury hasn't slowed him down, and he states that his hamstring is "doing well."

Cameron is very optimistic about his coming season with the Seminoles. As a rising senior on a team that has only lost 3 starters on offense and 3 on defense, he is "expecting great things" since the team can only grow stronger by learning from past mistakes of last season.

A versatile position player, Baker is currently 5'11¾" and 168 lbs. and expects to continue his role as WR, CB, and kick/punt returner. At the college level, Baker says he is projected to play wide receiver, where he hopes to be as successful as his NFL idol Chad Johnson, minus the theatrical touchdown celebrations.

As to where he will make his college debut, Cameron says he is still weighing out his options. When asked if he is ready to make a firm decision between Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kansas State, and LSU, his four frontrunners, Cameron says "Not really, but I'm very interested in both Tennessee and Georgia Tech." He expects to make a final decision by January 2007.


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