Baker Says No Doubt About LSU

Even though Florida State offered to four-star linebacker Ryan Baker recently, the Blountstown, Florida native said he isn't going to bother making a visit to Tallahassee.

The 6-0, 210-pound Baker solidified his commitment to the purple and gold when Tiger Rag caught up with him Sunday afternoon.

Baker, who made an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend, said he feels like he has found his home in Tigertown after getting more acquainted with the players and coaches Saturday.

"It just went really well. After talking with the coaches, they say they think I can come in and be an Ali Highsmith type of player and contribute right away since there are a few players graduating. They made me feel very comfortable. There isn't a reason to visit anywhere else. I've made up my mind with LSU."

Baker was among 14 other recruits that attended the Tigers national championship celebration in Tiger Stadium on Saturday commemorating LSU's unanimous national championship.

"Seeing all that obviously made my decision sit a little easier with me," Baker said. "Hanging out with my host Kelvin Shepard was cool too. I really like the attitude of the players. He is a real cool dude. He showed me around the stadium, around the campus and showed me what's up in Baton Rouge. He also introduced me to guys like Glenn Dorsey, LaRon Landry and Ali Highsmith. We went out to eat and then to a club. We chilled the whole night. I had a good time."

Baker visited with several of his future teammates over the course of the weekend.

"I spoke with some other commits too," Baker added. "I talked to Jordan Jefferson, Tim Molton and Kyle Prater. They seemed like good guys. We were talking about our futures and what we want accomplish at LSU. We want to continue the winning ways there and get a national championship too."

The 4-star product received a welcome he was not expecting.

"When we were out in the city fans were coming up to me," Baker said. "It was crazy that they already knew who I was. I don't know how they knew, but they did. I felt good about that."

Outside of all of the pleasure, Baker sat down with the LSU coaching staff and discussed business.

"They said welcome to LSU," said Baker. "I talked with all of the defensive coaches as well as head coach [Les] Miles. "They said with some of the players that are leaving, I have a good chance at playing early. I might get to see the field either this year or next."'s No. 7 ranked linebacker then went on to say why LSU was the best place for him.

"I really feel comfortable with LSU and the city of Baton Rouge," said Baker. "I chose LSU because I have the chance to play for a great SEC team which may help me take it to the next level one day.

"It just solidified what I knew already. I am 100-percent committed to LSU."

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