Minden, LA., LB Zikerrion Baker recently receives an Ole Miss offer

Zikerrion Baker out of Minden, LA., took in an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend. Monday he was offered by the Rebels.

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"They told me they need some linebackers to come in there next season and make an impact," Baker said. "They want me to be one of those guys."

Making an impact is exactly what the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker has been doing the past couple years at Minden HS. Last season he was named the Times Picayune 4A Defensive Player of the Year. This season Baker helped his school to the 4A Championship game. Zikerrion had 81 tackles, 13 for a loss, 6 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries and 6 forced fumbles.

"I played defensive end most of my career until last season. They moved me to middle linebacker. They really moved me inside and out at linebacker. That's what Ole Miss said they are going to do with me. They want me to mostly play middle, but I can slide over to outside when they need me to get after the quarterback."

Baker visited ULL and USM before Ole Miss. If it were not for the newly hired linebacker coach at Ole Miss the two parties would have probably never met.

"Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto has been recruiting me since the start of my junior season. When they hired him he told me to hold on with my recruitment. Coach (Peveto) kept telling me that as soon as I saw their campus, and looked at everything, he knew I would want to be there."

The visit to Ole Miss did not disappoint.

"It went good, real good. I loved it. It was my first trip up there. It was better than I was expecting, to be honest. I liked their campus. It's the best campus I've ever been to. I loved how their weight room overlooked the practice field in their IPF. I just liked everything about it, really."

Ole Miss redshirt linebacker, Donte Evans, was his player host.

"He pretty much showed me everythng there was to see. I asked him what it was like to just be a student up there. I wanted to know what coach Freeze was like. He told me that he was a real cool coach. One that listens to their problems. Donte told me he's the best coach he's ever played for. He just told me that coach Freeze is loved by all of their players and everybody loves it at Ole Miss."

Zikerrion brought his mother and grandmother with him to check out the Oxford campus.

"They really loved it as well. They think I'll be taken care of while they can't be with me in college. They like how they put a great emphasis on being a man of God."

Now it's time to put the ink on the dotted line.

"I'll sign Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. It will between Ole Miss, ULL and USM. They are all three great schools. I just appreciate what each school has done for me. They are giving me an opportunity to have my college paid for. To be able to play the game I love and have my college paid for is a dream of mine. I'm just along for the journey."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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