'Canes to visit local RB/CB
George Baker (5'11" 175 lbs) will be making some trips in the upcoming weeks. Of them, include Central Florida on January 11th, and a January 25th trip to Tampa to visit South Florida. However, also on his calendar is a visit next week from Hurricanes offensive coordinator Patrick Nix. Baker, who hasn't heard from Hurricane brass since the dead period, is waiting to see what Nix's visit brings. "I haven't talked to (Miami) since (Patrick Johnson) de-committed," Baker said. "(However), sometime next week, Coach Nix will come in, he talked about maybe seeing up a visit." Baker lists the Hurricanes in his top five, although he doesn't have an offer from the Hurricanes at this point. "(Miami) is in my top five, but right now it is Auburn," Baker said. "If an offer comes, then we'll see." Rounding out Baker's top five is UCF and USF along with Rutgers. Baker visited Rutgers on December 14th. "It was real cold, 34 degrees," Baker said. "Overall though, I enjoyed my trip. I mean, I got to spend a lot of time with Coach Demarest (Rutgers defensive back's coach). I just had a great time regardless of the weather." Baker also took an official visit to Auburn on September 1st. He was able to attend the Tigers game versus Kansas. "I got to see the game versus Kansas, the game was real cool," Baker said. "I didn't notice they were that good (in reference to Kansas finishing the season 12-1) at the time, but they were really good." Baker's Archbishop Carroll squad finished the season 9-4 and made it to the State Semifinals. He will be attending the upcoming Dade-versus-Broward All-Star Game where he hopes to see some old faces. Many of which were raving about his play at camps this past summer. "(Getting praise from my peers) makes me feel real good,' Baker said. "I know Jacory Harris, Brandon Harris, and a bunch of other guys in the area that I saw at the Scout.com Camp and Nike Camp, it feels good when they tell me good things. A lot of coaches are saying it too." Like those at USF. "At South Florida, they are telling me I have a lot of potential, and they are (selling me) on what a good fit I'd be." Baker played two ways this year – running back and cornerback – and he believes running the football has helped him become a more physical corner. On the season he ran for 1543 yards on 209 carries (7.38 ypc) and 19 touchdowns. On defense he reports 40 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles and recoveries. "Running back made me tough, it turned me into a man," Baker said. "I got to take a lot of hits, which toughed me up at the corner position. I had to take them. Now, playing corner is easy, I can better come up and make a tackle." Baker, who idolizes Deion Sanders, believes one player in his recruiting class he respects and believes stands out most is Booker T. Washington cornerback Brandon Harris. "I met (Brandon Harris) at some camp, I am very impressed by him," Baker said. "He is a real good athlete, but (moreover) he plays with a lot of heart, ya know." Baker will make a decision after his visits and close to signing day. He reports a 3.2 GPA and a 750 SAT score.
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