Baker Makes #3 for Dawgs this Week

ATHENS – Apparently Georgia was not satisfied with only one commitment from Jacksonville.

Demetre Baker, from Orange Park (a suburb of Jacksonville) committed to the Bulldogs today. The newest Dawg admitted that he surprised the staff with his commitment.

"They were shocked," he said. "I don't think they knew I was going to commit to them. I was not even done with the tour when I did it."

That must have been a relief and stunning time for the Georgia coaching staff. With Baker's commitment, the Dawgs have roped in four commitments in the past week – two of them from Jacksonville.

"It really felt like the place for me," Baker said. "I have been to South Carolina, Miami and Florida. Georgia was my last trip. Out of all of the trips this was the most amazing. Georgia was organized. They had an agenda. I didn't feel rushed. It seemed like they were ready for me from the day before. This coaching staff seemed like they have known one another for some time."

That organization on the part of the Dawgs got Baker's attention. Another factor his commitment was the longevity of Georgia's head coach.

"Mark Richt is going to end his career at Georgia," Baker said. "That's a big thing. Georgia didn't front - they were not fake. It was amazing. I was impressed with everything. I saw how they did things, and I loved it."

The prospect admitted he didn't know a lot about Georgia before his visit, but when he arrived on campus, everything clicked.

"I didn't know a lot about Georgia," he confessed. "But I have found out that they have a lot of support academically. We sat down and talked for about an hour and a half, and talked with them about school. I met with about four different people about it."

He was so impressed with the campus and the people that he made an often-referred comment about the Athens campus.

"Them planning everything out showed me that Georgia was about business. I kind of felt like I was at Harvard at times," he said. The University of Georgia is often referred to as the Harvard of the South.


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