Baker still high on Heels

Blue chip running back Toney Baker of Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale needs no introduction. Everybody knows he has been a starter since his freshman year when he accumulated 1,622 yards on only 166 carries plus 23 touchdowns. It is also well known that Baker significantly bettered those stats during his sophomore (2004 yards, 32 tds) and junior campaigns (3,418 yards, 37 tds).

In addition to the nearly impossible task of improving on his junior year statistics, Baker has added his college recruitment to his agenda list for his senior season. Baker has already lost count of the amount of Division I-A offers he now owns, but unlike most players has developed a favorites list.

"I like NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee right now," stated Baker. "Carolina has a good chance. I kind of want to stay in-state or stay close. I think Carolina has a lot of potential. I think Chapel Hill is a beautiful campus and it's a great place to spend your college career."

Like most coaching staffs, head coach John Bunting and company have been hot on the trail of Baker, who will be named one of the top recruits for the class of 2005, if not the top recruit.

"[The UNC coaching staff] has just been talking about how I'm the center of attention of their recruiting for this year," remarked Baker. "They just have been telling me how they want me to come and need me to come."

The feeling seems mutual as Baker thinks extremely highly of the Tar Heels.

"I think they have a great staff," replied Baker. "I love the running back coach, and I think Bunting is a good guy."

Baker is unsure of his summer camp schedule, but plans to once again strut his stuff at a Nike Combine. Last year at the Virginia Tech Nike Combine, Baker added to his mystique with an extraordinary performance. Baker was ranked in the final top ten in each of the categories including forty-yard dash (4.50), 20-yard shuttle (4.05), vertical jump (33 inches) and even bench press reps of 185 (25 reps).

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