Baker was a relatively unknown name in most recruiting circles when he committed to LSU back in July, but that changed quickly once his film got out and was backed up by his monster senior season.
“I had over 1000 yards rushing on offense,” Baker said. “On defense I had like 156 tackles, 7 sacks, and 3 interceptions. I was named to the All-Big Bend Team and all-state. I think I was 2nd team All American too.”
Following his big senior season Baker’s recruitment started heating back up. One team that came calling that had LSU fans especially worried was the hometown Florida State Seminoles, Baker’s childhood favorite.
However, Baker says LSU fans never had anything to worry about.
“I was always an FSU fan,” Baker said. “They started coming after me hard late, but my recruitment was already over. It was nice to be recruited by them, but I already knew I was going to LSU.”
While Baker chose to stay with the Tigers over the Seminoles, that hasn’t stopped him from hanging around some Seminole players, both past and present.
Working out with current NFL players is an opportunity most high school seniors cannot claim they are presented with. For Baker, it’s been an eye opening experience.
“Working out with those guys shows me I’ve got a long way to go,” said the 6’1.5 222 pound Baker. “I always thought of myself as a pretty good athlete, but working out with guys like that already in the NFL shows me I have a lot of work to do to get on that level.”
The first step in Baker’s journey of getting to that level is reporting to LSU for summer workouts.
“We have to report on June 9th, but I think I’m moving there on June 6th,” Baker said. “I have a 3.3 GPA and my ACT is a 19 so I’m ready. I think I’m living with the other Florida guys from the class. I’m going to major in either business or political science.”
One topic on a lot of fans minds each year around this time is what jersey numbers the incoming freshmen will don. Baker has had a number in mind for a while.
“I want number 10,” Baker said. “That was Derrick Brooks’ number when he was at Florida State. He was always one of my favorite players. I’ve already talked to the coaches about it and they said I should be able to get it.”
Will LSU fans be seeing much of #10 on the field on defense next year?
“The coaches have told me I’m already second string at the Will,” Baker said. “They expect me to come in and get in the rotation right away. I’ll do anything to help the team out.”
Being able to get in the rotation next year falls in line with Baker’s personal goals for his freshman season.
“I want to come in and play like anyone else,” said the 4 star linebacker. “I just have to come in and apply myself and show everyone how I can play football. I want to be in the rotation.”
Baker was able to observe the current Tiger linebacker rotation in action when he made the six hour drive from Blountstown to Baton Rouge for the LSU spring game a few weeks ago.
“Yes I came down for the spring game,” Baker said. “I got to talk a lot with the other recruits. I thought the team looked pretty good. They look ready for another national championship run. The strength of the team is going to be the defense and the running game just like last year.”
“All the linebackers are great players,” Baker continued. “I was really impressed with them. If I’m going to get in the rotation next year I have to come in and apply myself hard.”
Note: Baker said he ran a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash at his high school last week.