Cameron Baker, WR, 5'11, 167, 4.4, OSCEOLA, ARKANSAS:
Cameron Baker brings incredible speed every time he steps on the field, and he is a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. Baker broke into the starting line-up last season at wide receiver and made an immediate impact on the field with 28 catches for 927 yards and 18 touchdowns.
"I played as a sophomore and was the second receiver in the rotation," said Baker. "My sophomore year I had 18 catches for a little under 500 yards and nine touchdowns. So that set up my junior year. It was a blessing to have that kind of year last year. I just came out and did everything my coach asked me to do. With my brother (Chris Baker/WR) is playing for the University of Arkansas. I kind of had an edge and I just played with a lot of energy and good things happened to me."
This season Baker has caught 15 catches for 530 yards and six touchdowns, despite the fact that Osceola is off to a 1-3 start. He also has 80 yards rushing on reverses and he has a 53-yard touchdown catch. He also returns punts and kicks, but he doesn't get much of an opportunity. Baker also starts at corner on defense and this season he has two interceptions and maybe 25 tackles. That follows his 46 tackles and seven interceptions season a year ago.
"We started out playing 5A and 6A teams and that hurt us early," said Baker. "We are a 4A team and we would be playing them close in the first half. They would have 90 players on their team and we had maybe 45, and we would get tired in the second half of all those games. The games would be going back and forth and then they would separate and beat us in the second half."
Baker has been a star in the state of Arkansas since his sophomore year and every time he takes the field teams are forced to game-plan on how to stop him.
"Since my second game of my junior season I have been getting double- and triple-coverage in every game," said Baker. "My first game of my junior season I had four catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns. I think my game is a speed and finesse game, so when I blast off the line of scrimmage they are dropping back or at least in the back end. The first guy is trying to bump me at the line of scrimmage, but I am good getting off the line of scrimmage and then I run good routes. And once I get my hands on the ball, I am tough to stop. I love to run flag routes or deep routes, but because I have two to three guys covering me it has turned me into a versatile receiver."
Baker can bench 215 pounds, squats 355 and has posted 37-inch vertical jump. Baker also runs the 100M (10.47) and 200M (21.9) in track. Baker won the indoor in the 200M and he set the state record in the 100M for Class 4A. Baker also ran a 6.49 in the 55-meter indoor and he took second at the state meet. Baker is currently the fastest prep athlete in Arkansas and will run in a meet of champs in late May.
Is track in his future? Or is Baker just a football player who happens to be fast?
"No sir, I want to do both sports in college," said Baker. "All the colleges that I am talking to are telling me I can do that."
Baker has been offered by Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Memphis, Duke, Kansas State, Arkansas and Arkansas State.
"I am really enjoying it," said Baker. "It is a frenzy, I will say that. It is very interesting to see how all the different coaches approach me and what they say to me. I am trying to be a sponge and soak every thing in and see which coach is honest with me and will give the best opportunity to be a student and a college football player."
Does Baker have a favorite at this time?
"No sir, I don't have a favorite at all. It is a toss-up right now," said Baker. "My friends and I are going to pray about it. I'll wait for God to send me to the right place."
What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?
"I am very interested in Oklahoma," said Baker. "Oklahoma contacted my head coach last week and I talked to coach (Kevin) Sumlin on Friday. I am very interested in Oklahoma. I know they have put several players in the NFL like Mark Clayton, and I am a Mark Clayton type of receiver. I also know that Norman, Okla. is a college town and that it is an easy way of life there, which I like. There is not the hustle-bustle of a city and that is what I am looking for in a college."
What is Baker looking for in recruiting?
"I am very interested in what a school has to offer academically and with their academic program, "said Baker. "I am very interested in Computer Engineering or something with computers. I want to go somewhere that will play a freshman if he is the best player. I want to go to a school where the wide receivers get the ball and where they are used in the offense.
"I don't mind redshirting, because I know that a school like Oklahoma has a lot of great players there. But if they or any school will give me a chance then I have confidence in my abilities and I know I can make a difference."
Has Baker set up any visits?
"My first official is to Georgia Tech (10-28)," said Baker. "I am still in the process of setting up visits with the other schools. Of course, with my brother being at Arkansas I am pretty familiar how they work so I may not take an official visit there. I am not counting them out, but I am going to narrow my decision to my top five and then take visits there. If Oklahoma offers me and offers a visit, I will visit Oklahoma."
Baker went to the Arkansas/USC game and he is going to the Memphis/Tennessee game this weekend in Memphis.
Baker has qualified.
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