Coveted '05 RB on UNC visit

Following a pattern established early in his recruiting process, highly prized running back Toney Baker of Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale, took another official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend and came away impressed.

"The visit was great; it isn't every day you can see the number one team in the country get beaten, and the atmosphere at the basketball game was amazing," said Baker of the Tar Heels' basketball win over Connecticut on Saturday.

Widely considered the number one junior in the state of North Carolina, Baker hasn't changed the outlook on his recruitment much since the last time Inside Carolina checked in.

"It is still basically the same as the last time we talked," he said. "Carolina and N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the ones on my list. I'll probably visit the schools up in Virginia later on."

With the importance of the recruiting weekend in Chapel Hill, how did Baker feel around the other prospects in town?

"I mainly hung out with Jonathon Crompton, and he seems like a really cool guy," Baker said. "Some people think we are a package deal, and I've heard a lot about him, but nothing like that is set in stone of course. They had a ton of guys in town, and it seemed like all but three of them were committed. Carolina has some great guys coming in."

Rumors have arisen that Baker may be taking an increased interest in Tennessee, but are unfounded according to the 5-foot-10, 218-pound back.

"I'm most definitely looking to stay in the ACC, that's still where I want to play."

With Baker set to decide either during or just after next football season where he'll play in college, the pressure and the attention are sure to mount on the down to earth junior.

Inside Carolina will continue to check in with Baker throughout the upcoming year.

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