For Dorian Baker, there was little doubt he'd leave Lexington with a scholarship offer after attending Kentucky'S Friday Night Blue Lights Camp this past weekend. But his performance was so good, he may have even surprised himself.
"I had been talking with coach (Vince) Marrow for a long time, almost six months, and he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship a long time ago, but they wanted to get me down there to perform for some of the other coaches," Baker said. "I'm glad I went. I think I killed 'em.
"The thing that surprised me a little bit was my 40 time and my shuttle time. I ran a 4.46 and a 3.91. I had never done the shuttle that well."
Baker (6-3, 195, 4.5) was sensational in almost all the passing drills. He showed an ability to consistently get open against good coverage and the ball skills to come down with receptions in traffic. Near the camp's completion, UK head coach Mark Stoops called Baker and his father over to officially extend a scholarship offer.
"They said I'd be a great fit for their offense because they don't have many big receivers who can run right now," Baker said. "They told me there's a big opportunity for someone like me to come in and help them."
Baker got an idea of what playing for the Wildcats would be like when he was paired with UK quarterback commitment Drew Barker for several snaps at camp.
"Oh man, he's a wonderful quarterback," Baker said of the four-star Hebron (Ky.) Conner product and Elite 11 signal caller. "I'd love to play with a quarterback like him someday."
Although some speculated that Baker might make that decision to team with Barker soon after UK's camp, he said he is being patient in the process. He holds offers from programs like Indiana, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Illinois and Vandy (among others) and will be attending Ohio State's Friday Night Lights Camp this week with the hopes of landing an offer from the Buckeyes.
"I've heard from them a lot," he said of OSU. "I'm hoping I can duplicate what I did down at Kentucky. If I do, I think they might offer, too."
Baker anticipates taking official visits in the fall to help him make the right decision. He doesn't currently have a top five list or a leader. "It'll just come down to where I feel the most comfortable; where I feel at home and the coaches feel like a father figure."
He is already thinking about a return trip to Lexington, this time with his mother.
"She wants to go down with me the next time and meet all the coaches, see what the academics are like," Baker said. "That's very important to her."
Baker said he hasn't decided which degree field to pursue yet, but is strongly considering sports management to stay involved with athletics after his playing career.
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