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The US Army All-American Bowl has become a stopping off point of sorts for running backs headed to NC State. The annual event, generally recognized as the nation's most prestigious high school all-star game, boasted NC State-bound backs three of the last four years.
On Saturday, all-american RB Toney Baker of Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC made it three out of four when he announced his verbal commitment to the Wolfpack.
"Well, I have decided to take my talents to NC State," said Baker.
When asked whether the departure of RB TA McLendon was a factor in his decision, Baker said, "Not much at all. I wanted to go to NC State whether he had stayed or not."
Recruited by NC State QB coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti, Baker is almost a shoo-in to become the fourth Parade All-American RB to occupy a spot on the Wolfpack's roster in 2005, joining Andre Brown, Bobby Washington and Darrell Blackman.
-5-star prospect and No. 5 RB in the nation by Scout.com
-No. 1 player in NC by Scout.com
-No. 22 player in nation regardless of position by Scout.com
-No. 2 RB in the nation by Tom Lemming
-US Army All-American Bowl selection
-Shrine Bowl selection
-national high school player of the year nominee
-rushed for 2,007 yards as a sophomore
-rushed for 3,411 yards as a junior
-rushed for 3,030 yards as a senior
-North Carolina career rushing leader with 10,241 yards, surpassing TA McLendon as the state's all-time rusher
-Boasts the No. 2 (3,411 yards) and No. 7 (3,030 yards) single season rushing totals in NC football history
Shrine Bowl Combine Measurables
-Height 5-10, Weight 217 pounds
-Hand-timed 40-yard dash 1st try- 4.4-seconds, 2nd try- 4.38-seconds
-Bench pressed 23 reps of 205 pounds
-Vertical leap- 32-inches
Film Session: Toney Baker
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