Sam Baker - Tustin, CA-(OL-6'5-320-5.2/40) Sam is one of the most highly sought after offensive lineman in the nation currently. Having collected somewhere over 20 offers and has not even taken a single official visit as of yet.
This being my first interview with Sam I had to ask what he thought about the process of recruiting so far to this point. "It's alright. It has its ups and downs, I guess. Just lucky to be where I am." And as for were Sam is, he's one of the top 15 offensive lineman in all the nation according to The Insiders, impressive indeed.
Sam's top 5 favorites currently sit as: USC, Florida, Ohio St., Oregon, and Nebraska. All of course have offered and all will receive visits with the exception of USC to which Sam has been to on official visits. Taking the place of USC will be Washington. "I know they're not in my top 5, but I do want to see what they (Washington) are like."
As for his visit schedule, it will take Sam up until the weekend before signing day. His visits will take place on the following dates: Ohio St (Dec 6th), Oregon (Dec 15th), Washington (Sam could not recall the date but thought it would be the following week), Nebraska (Jan 17th), and Florida (Jan 24th).
Sam's Tustin High School team is currently 7-5 and playing in the semi finals this upcoming weekend "Yeah, we started off kind of bad, but we turned it around midseason and haven't lost since." That's a pretty impressive season, but what is more impressive is that fact that his team is lucky to try and pass twice a game, which I joked about with him "Yeah, I know it sounds funny. But we don't pass. We come straight at you. I don't know how many attempts (passing) we have this year, but if it's over 30 I'd be shocked." Sam and his team are all about power running and it's working just fine for them.
So will coming from a high school team that is run heavy on offense have a factor on where he plays at the next level? "Oh definitely. I know I need to improve my pass blocking no matter where I go. But schools like Nebraska and Ohio St. have great running games and that's what I want to do."
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