"It feels great, but it is kind of sad because it means that my time here with Ragsdale football is over. As far as the recruiting process goes, I am kind of happy that it is over and I am thrilled to be with the Wolfpack," Toney Baker said amidst a flurry of television and print media.
While the letter of intent may be just a formality after Baker announced for North Carolina State at the U.S. Army Bowl two weeks ago, ending the spate of questions regarding his college choice is something that Baker is happy to see occur. The challenge of keeping his decision a secret wasn't something that he relished, though it wasn't too odious.
"The process of the announcement and keeping it together wasn't too hard for me to keep to myself and my family," Baker said exclusively to PackPride.com. "I'm more glad to see myself heading to play for N.C. State and getting ready to contribute to something special in Raleigh. Now that it is finished I can focus on getting myself ready for the next level on the field and in the classroom."
Baker, the state's all-time leading running back, was the focus of a heated recruitment between North Carolina State, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He stands as the keystone recruit for the Wolfpack's class, and the pressure he will face with that tag isn't something he shies away from.
"I don't worry about that type of thing, I'm just trying to get ready and do the best I can. If you play well and do well in school, that takes care of itself." Baker said.
Pack Pride will have more tomorrow on Baker and his decision to attend NC State, so stay tuned!