Cam Baker: "If I had to choose..."

One of the top players coming out of Arkansas this year is wide receiver/cornerback Cam Baker. Cam was scheduled to take his first official visit this weekend but that visit has been rescheduled to another weekend. Baker, who has garnered a lot of attention from some big-time college football programs, talks about where he stands today in his recruiting situation.

One of the top players coming out of Arkansas this year is wide receiver/cornerback Cameron (Cam) Baker. Cam was scheduled to take his first official visit this weekend but that visit has been rescheduled to another weekend. Baker, who has garnered a lot of attention from some big-time college football programs, talks about where he stands today in his recruiting situation.

Cam plays both offense and defense in high school. As a receiver he's racked up 347 yards on 27 catches, and on defense he has 31 tackles to go along with 1 interception. Most, but not all, schools like him as a receiver. "Two are looking at me to play defensive back and receiver but, for the most part, all are looking at me to play receiver," said Baker. "Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Duke and Troy are all looking at me to play receiver. Tennessee and Georgia Tech are looking at me to play both ways." Cam says he clearly favors playing receiver at the next level.

Cam was scheduled to come to Atlanta this weekend for the Georgia Tech versus Miami game. Baker explains why he is no longer on that visit list for the Yellow Jackets. "They wanted me to reschedule my visit to December [the 2nd] because they said they wouldn't have enough one-on-one time with me because of it being Homecoming and it being a big game," said Baker. Cam currently does not have any other official visits lined up but plans on taking all 5 that are allowed.

Baker wasn't quite ready to name his top team but gave a good indication which program has the inside track. "I really don't have any top teams right now," said Baker. "Everybody's kind of the same right about now. Of course, Georgia Tech is… if I had to choose it would be high because of academics because I want to major in Computer Engineering when I go to school. They have one of the top rated Engineering programs in the country. So as far as academic-wise, Georgia Tech definitely, but as far as me going for football, everyone's in."

When asked then if that [Georgia Tech] would be his choice if he was picking today, Cam responded, "Yes, sir."

Tech fans and others hoping for his services will have to hold their breaths for a while though because Cam isn't close to pulling the trigger. "I want to wait until maybe January before I make a commitment. After I've taken all five visits, then I'll commit."

With many high school players committing earlier this year, does he have any concerns about his top teams getting into a numbers crunch overall or at his position? "No, not at all", said Baker. "Me and my mom talked about it and we both said if they're as interested as they say they are, then they will keep that scholarship for me because they have faith that I'll come. I think Georgia Tech has faith in me because we've talked many times and they know how I feel and how my recruiting process is going. So I'm pretty good about the timeframe so far."

A big factor in Cam's decision will be not only the relationship with the coaches recruiting him but all the Head Coach's communication level with him. Cam said his main factor is, "How well the coaches communicate with me; not only my recruiting coach but the Head Coach. I mean, I don't want to go to a school where only the recruiting coach knows me. I want to be known by the coaching staff so someone would be able to acknowledge me on their own without anyone saying. So I want to be able to talk back and forth consistently without any problems."

Beyond the relationships with coaches, Baker added as a factor, "Definitely, me being able to play early, not having to wait until my junior or senior year to play. I don't want to be behind a lot of receivers. So, it's understandable that my freshman year that there will be a couple of receivers ahead of me but I don't want to be so far back down the line that I won't be able to play after that."


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