Recruiting: Camp phenom has three favorites

Hebron, Texas LB Lewis Baker talks about his summer experience and his three favorites

LEWIS BAKER, LB, 6'3, 200, 4.5, HEBRON, TEXAS:

Baker is one of those players who has made a tremendous impression through the summer camps. A very gifted athlete, Baker can't help but show up well during camp drills and his speed draws attention throughout the camp process.

Baker goes into his senior year as a three-year starter and he is just now growing into a linebacker. As a sophomore Baker played cornerback and wide receiver, but switched to linebacker and the slot receiver position a year ago. He will play the same positions this year.

"I am a good drop linebacker and I am pretty good at covering man-to-man," said Baker. "I have good hip rotation as well and that has helped me in coverage situations. I can stick with wide receivers as well as a running back. However, I am a run stopper too and in fact, that is what I like to do. I started out at outside linebacker this past season, but then was moved inside midway through the season. Coach (Joe) McBride has taught me so much about playing linebacker and he has made me a downhill player."

Baker lit up opposing offenses with 135 tackles, 85 solo stops, 9 1/2 sacks, five caused fumbles and three pass pressures. On offense, Baker caught nine passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Baker can bench 275 pounds, squats over 400 pounds and he has a vertical jump of 30-inches.

Baker went to the Oklahoma and Texas A&M camps and he cancelled his trip to the Notre Dame camp. Baker also visited Texas unofficially today and that gave him a good impression of the Longhorns.

Baker has lettered in hoops and in track he participates on the sprint relay team (3rd leg), which qualified for regionals. Baker has 21 offers at this point and he does have his favorites.

"I have favorites right now and they are the three schools that I have visited so far," said Baker. "In order, I like Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma as my top three. Then I would say it would be Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. Texas and Texas A&M get a lot of recognition locally and they are at the top of their game right now. Texas should have won the national title last year and Texas A&M produces great linebackers every year. I feel I can go in and play at both schools. I am humble, but I trust my ability. Only time will tell, but I feel my skills will show well at the next level.

"I liked the Oklahoma camp and Coach Venables is a really cool guy," Baker continued. "He seems very interested in me and I like the academics situation at the university."

Baker says he may commit toward the end of the summer. He doesn't want to be thinking about recruiting during the football season.

"I am looking for academics and that is why I am looking at Vanderbilt, despite the fact they don't have a great football program. I also want to win and go to a good program. I want to enjoy a great college football experience. Third, I want to go to a school with awesome coaches, who care about me as a player and a person."

Baker has qualified.

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