One down and one more to go as the Cowboys are looking to shore up some depth on the football squad and Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker will add some experience to a young position as a 5th-year graduate transfer.
Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker has a little schoolwork to finish up as he will get his degree in English with a minor in Communications coming up in May at Clemson and then he will make the trek to Stillwater, Oklahoma to wear a slightly different shade of orange and add some black where there was purple before. However, he told me salvaging some of the orange in his wardrobe was not the reason for him making the decision public on Twitter on Tuesday night that he is heading to become a Cowboy.
"Coach Duffie contacted me right away after I made it public that I was transferring and he did a good job of selling me on the opportunity that was there and then I took a visit and I really liked it," Baker said. "It felt comfortable and I was sizing up the team and I feel like they are a team with a chance to go and win a national championship. I've been on some good teams and I can bring that championship pedigree and come and help out."
His Twitter message said, "Extremely Excited to Suit Up For Oklahoma State This Upcoming Season!"
Baker was slated to be a starter or at least play a lot on Clemson's National Championship team from the 2016 season until he tore his ACL in the spring of 2016. By the time he had finished his rehab it was too late to get in for playing time. It was also a situation where he felt a change of scenery would do him well. He was far enough along academically to qualify as a fifth-year graduate transfer.
I also asked the 6-1, 180 pound Baker how come the news came so quick tonight as it was just a day ago that he announced that Oklahoma State, Houston, and Central Florida were his three finalists. He said he would announce in May.
"I just decided to go ahead and get it over with," Baker said. "I knew what I wanted to do and I could get it out of the way and focus on school."
Baker confirmed that he would finish in May at Clemson and be in Stillwater at the start of summer school and begin working out with his new team. His plan is to pick out a graduate degree in Communication that is not offered at Clemson, which conforms to the NCAA rule on graduate transfers. He will join a young group of corners that has improved this spring and along with the Cowboys fifth-year senior Darius Curry serve as the elder statesmen of the cornerbacks on the team.
Baker's career at Clemson was hampered by injuries, but in 2015 he started three games. In 253 career plays on defense he has 15 total tackles and two interceptions. He is originally out of Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida. His reputation is as a very good cover corner that isn't shy about run support. He will be knocking off some rust as he hasn't played live snaps for the most part since spring of 2016.
The Cowboys are also recruiting another fifth-year graduate transfer in Cal-Berkeley two-year starting offensive tackle Aaron Cochran, who like Baker visited Oklahoma State officially on the weekend of March 4. Cochran has said he will announce his future school for next season this week.