Baker shines at Shrine Bowl combine

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – One thing Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale running back Toney Baker doesn't need to worry about this season is whether or not he will make the North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster.

"Well I hope so," laughed the 5-foot-11, 218-pound Baker. "Everything came along pretty good today so yea I probably will."

During the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Ragsdale Saturday, Baker ran a 4.37-second forty-yard dash, and also benched 205 pounds 22 times. Baker was arguably the MVP of the combine, which assists in the selection of North Carolina's roster for the annual all-star game against South Carolina.

This outstanding showing wasn't necessary for Baker, who rushed for 3,418 yards plus 37 touchdowns as a junior. Odds are Shrine Bowl head coach Dickie Cline, of Kernersville Glenn, has had Baker's name on his roster since Day One.

If only Baker would made up his mind as quickly as the coaching staff.

"I'm looking at schools like N.C. State, (North) Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and there are some more in the running, but those are basically all that I'm looking at," Baker told Inside Carolina. "Right now, I don't have a leader."

Although he says all schools are dead even, Baker does like the idea of possibly becoming a Tar Heel. He especially enjoys the campus, as well as the coaching staff.

"I like the Tar Heels a lot actually," said Baker, who now holds over 15 offers. "I have been down there a couple times. I like what I saw down there. I like the coaching staff."

Summer camps don't seem to be in Baker's future. But, he does plan to make several unofficial visits, including a few to Chapel Hill.


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