Wolfpack and Tarheels Vie for Baker

TB Toney Baker (5-10, 218, 4.45) of Jamestown Ragsdale (N.C.) already has around ten scholarship offers and is coming off an incredible JR season. He rushed for 3411 yds with 41 TDs.

TB Toney Baker (5-10, 218, 4.45) of Jamestown Ragsdale (N.C.) already has around ten scholarship offers and is coming off an incredible JR season. He rushed for 3411 yds with 41 TDs.

Toney has gotten better every year he's played. As a frosh, he rushed for 1800 and 25 TDs, then upped that to 2000 yds and 32 TDs as a soph.

"I have great speed, vision and strength, I see the whole field good and I can juke and jive as well as run right over you. I have great instincts. I want to be a better pass blocker and be an all-around back and help my team in every way."

Toney favors North Carolina State and North Carolina slightly over Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee. All have offered. He also has offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Penn State.

The Wolfpack are about fifty minutes from Toney's house and he says they are recruiting him the hardest. "They have a great program and I like what they got going on. They keep getting better. They have awesome fans and it's just a great football atmosphere."

His co-favorite, North Carolina, is a little closer at only about forty five minutes and he says the Tar Heels were his first scholarship offer before his JR year. "They have a lot of potential and I'm looking to play early and they need help running the ball. I think they'll be getting better like North Carolina St too."

"To an extent I'd like to stay close, but nobody in my top five is too far. They are all within a few hours. I haven't been to Virginia, but I plan to visit them and check them out. The ACC is pretty good and I have a teammate (soph WR Emmanuel Byers) that goes there. He just says to come to Virginia, that's it."

Toney will be attending the Nike camp at Virginia. And besides the in-state schools, Toney has already been to Tennessee as well. "The first football game I ever went to was when Tennessee played Florida during my soph year.

"I'll probably go through the whole process. I really want to play immediately and I want to go where I could go win some bowl games."

Toney also runs track (10.9-100m/54'-shot), but plans to stick only with football.

2.7/May 1 SAT


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