Roy Baker plans to make his college decision this summer. That might not seem just around the corner but it means Baker could commit in the next two months.
Baker said he was very surprised when NC State gave him his first scholarship in March. It was a good surprise of course. Just a month after that offer Baker visited NC State with his family. Baker (6-2, 170) traveled to Raleigh with his family for an overnight trip that was longer than most visits this time of year. That was a couple of weeks ago.
The NC State coaches were excited to see Baker and they had been trying to convince him to visit for a long time.
“I just didn’t have the time before then. When I finally did they were very excited to see me. I talked to Coach Barlow and the wide receivers coach. I talked to the head coach and that was it.”
Don’t be fooled. NC State sees Baker as a cornerback all the way. George Barlow is the coach that Baker says he gets messages from all the time.
“He said they like my explosiveness. They like my size for a corner because I’m 6-2. They like how I play the ball in the air. They like my presence around the football. They said it fits their program and they really want me to come down there. Coach Doeren told me he liked my size. He said I’m very tall. He’s like, “You’re very tall. I’ve seen your highlights and you play the ball well. You’d be perfect here.””
That sounds good to Baker but he is not ready to commit. NC State was fun and it is a place that Baker can see himself. He called it a good opportunity but he said he will not commit to any school until the summer. Then he will have a better idea of what offers will and will not be coming.
South Carolina, Oregon State and Georgia Tech are the schools telling Baker that offers could be coming. All of them will watch Baker workout in the spring at American H.S. in Florida. Baker did not say he would prefer one of those offers more than the others and he did not say that any of them would pass NC State if they offer. He just wants something to compare NC State to and he does not have that yet.
Baker met running back Matt Dayes when he was visiting NC State.
“He used to go to Bay. Coach had me talk to him so we met. I met some of the corners too. They had a corners meeting and we went to that and saw some of the corners. The players seem very cool. They were fun. I liked being around them. The coaches are nice too. I like how they run their practices.”
The dorms were a hit with Baker. He likes the apartment feel and he was surprised and impressed to learn that there were three and four bedroom apartments with nicer interiors than he expected. It did not fit his expectation of what a college dorm would be like.
“They have nice facilities for sports management and that’s what I want to do. The areas for that are very nice. Everything is close around there.”
Baker likes that NC State stands to lose at least two cornerbacks after this season and he sees a void that he could help fill. Barlow has told Baker that he will have a chance to bypass the standard redshirt freshman year in favor of playing early if he picks State.