Marshall verbal Quinton Baker hopes to take four official visits. He has scheduled his first one to the SEC.

Ashland High (KY) running back Quinton Baker grew up hearing all about football in the Southeastern Conference. The son of former Kentucky Wildcat running back Al Baker, Quinton quickly found a love for the gridiron. Once he became an accomplished player on the high school level, an offer from UK was on the way.

Baker (5-9, 180) elected to commit to the University of Kentucky and follow in his father's footsteps at Commonwealth Stadium. Shortly after the 2014 football season ended, Baker's primary recruiter, Neal Brown, took the head coaching job at Troy. Shortly thereafter, Baker reopened his recruitment. 

While the lines of communication remained open for some time, the parties eventually stopped talking.

"I am not in contact with Kentucky at all anymore," Baker said. "I'm okay with all of that. I have moved on from all of that."

In June, Baker elected to commit to Marshall over a host of mid-major offers. Since making that pledge, Baker has seen his list of suitors swell thanks in large part to a strong senior campaign. Now set to graduate in December, the Blue Grass state native is considering taking some official visits.

"I just started talking some with Minnesota," Baker said. "I am planning on taking one of my officials up there. Right now the officials I am talking about taking are Minnesota, Marshall, Western Kentucky and Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State is the only one I have a date for right now. I am going to be visiting them December 11th through the 13th. They have been talking to me for a while, but they haven't offered me yet. I think they may end up offering me, but I am not sure yet."

While Baker admits that he is still considering his options, he has not backed off of his summer decision involving the Thundering Herd.

"I am planning to take these trips and then sit down with my family to be sure about everything, but I am committed to Marshall," Baker. "That hasn't changed or anything like that."

For now, Baker is putting most of his focus on his senior season and a possible district title. 

"We're 8-0 right now and we play our rival Johnson Central this week," Baker said. "We haven't beaten them in like six years, but this is one of the best teams we have ever had at my high school. If we win this weekend, then we win the district. That's something we've all been working for."

With his big play ability, Baker moves around a great deal for Coach Tony Love's Blazers.

"I can play running back or in the slot," Baker said. "I feel like I am pretty good at both and I feel like I can handle either one in college too. I just love playing and I want the ball in my hands. It doesn't really matter to me where they need me to line up."

Baker will enroll at the school of his choice in January with plans on participating in spring practice. With a double digit offer sheet to his credit, Baker has some thinking to do. It appears at this point that the most serious schools in his decision making process are Marshall, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky. Of that quartet, Marshall and Western Kentucky are the only two to have extend offers so far.

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