RECRUITING: Top Texas LB has OU among favorites

Hebron, Texas linebacker Lewis Baker talks about the latest in recruiting


JH: Practice starts for you soon. Are you glad or do you wish you had two more weeks of summer vacation?

LB: Definitely, I am glad practice is starting. We have been preparing all summer for it and we are real excited.

JH: Do you feel like you are in great condition after the summer?

LB: I am in the best shape of my life. I am ready to run all day and I am bigger and stronger.

JH: You and teammate Ian Cunningham are highly regarded in Texas. Do both of you ever play on the same side of the ball?

LB: Yes, sometimes I also play tight end and we line up side-by-side.

JH: Describe your style of play?

LB: I think I am a physical player who loves to get dirty. I can play both linebacker and defensive end, and I think I can run pretty well. I can run better than most running backs and I can hang with the wide receivers.

JH: How good will your defense be this year?

LB: I feel we are going to have one of the best defenses in our district. We just picked up our defense from Texas A&M and we are going to run the 3-4. You can do a lot of things out of that. We have a lot of young guys as well and they are all smart and talented. I think we are going to get after it on defense.

JH: You must have a pretty good corp of linebackers to play the 3-4?

LB: We do have a bunch of good athletes. Our coach wants a bunch of good athletes on the field and I feel they put that on the field, especially on defense. We all just run to the football.

JH: How are you handling your recruiting and what has been your experience thus far?

LB: It has certainly been an experience for me. During my junior season I had no idea this much attention was coming my direction and once it was it was amazing. It has always been my dream to play college football. When this all came around and I found out about the recruiting process, I started planning everything out and how I was going to handle it.

I am going to stay humble and I am not going to let my head get too big. I don't want people to think that I am a jerk and don't appreciate what is happening to me.

JH: Is that one of the reasons why you have backed off an early commitment to Texas?

LB: I just decided that I really need to take a close look at the situation. I never planned on committing when I went there. I wanted to look at the schools that I am interested in and make the best decision for myself.

JH: Do you and Ian Cunningham want to play at the same school?

LB: This is something else that Ian and I have talked over, and we have decided that we are going to have to do what is best for us as individuals. He needs to do what is best for him and I need to do what is best for me. If it works out and we do end up playing at the same college that would be great. If it doesn't work out then there is nothing we can do about it.

JH: What schools are you interested in at this point?

LB: I am still interested in Texas, OU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan and Vanderbilt.

JH: What do you think of Oklahoma at this point?

LB: I think they are awesome. Oklahoma is ranked number one at this time. They have a little depth chart problem at linebacker. They explained to me that they have only seven linebackers on scholarship right now. That would be great to go there and play.

JH: Does the fact one school have more linebackers on their depth chart than another matter in your decision?

LB: That really doesn't matter me, because there is going to be competition no matter where I decide to go and play. That won't be a problem for me, but I want to try to be intelligent about my decision as well. There might be more of an opportunity at one school over another and if my decision is close between the two schools then that could b be a factor.

JH: Do you have a favorite right now?

LB: My top three right now would have to be Notre Dame, Michigan State and Oklahoma out of all the schools that I have visited. Two weeks ago I went to Michigan State and Notre Dame, and I went to a one-day camp at OU.

JH: What were your impressions of Michigan State and Notre Dame?

LB: Michigan State was pretty awesome. They have a young team and a young head coach in Bobby Williams. He is one of four black head coaches in Division 1 football and he is there to get things done. The area was real nice.

Notre Dame just hired Tyrone Willingham and I know they are going to get things done there. Let's face it Notre Dame is Notre Dame.

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