'High Motor' Baker wants Oregon offer

Livonia (La.) defensive end Willie Baker discusses a desired offer, who's recruiting him the hardest and his plans going forward.

With offers from the likes of Arizona State, Arkansas, Tennessee and Michigan among others, Livonia (La.) defensive end Willie Baker will have plenty of options to choose from when he decides to pick a college. The top defensive end in the state of Louisiana says he’s interested in Oregon and while it’s still early, he told eDuck.com that an offer from Oregon would help his recruitment.

“I think that would boost my recruiting up a lot because for Oregon being a highly good football program, which everybody knows that, it’d make me happy and probably increase my recruiting process a whole lot more,” he said.

Baker said that he likes “pretty much everything” about Oregon, but admits he needs to check out more of what they have to offer academically. As far as what he thinks he can do at a program such as Oregon, he was quick with a response.

“I really feel like just the type of person I am, it doesn’t matter how you do it or what you do, I’m just going to do the best I can at it,” he said. “I’ll make myself fit into whatever the team, whatever you have to do to be successful.”

Of the programs that have offered him, most have been impressed with the fact that Baker always plays with a high intensity level.

“I can run constantly and me having a higher motor, it helps a lot,” he said. “For me being a bigger guy and constantly running they like that about me. They like the way I hit and everything like that.”

The three-star prospect helped the Wildcats to a perfect record and recorded 81 solo tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles during his junior season earning him first team all-state honors. He’s taking a simplistic approach to improving his game for his final high school season.

“Different types of workouts,” he said. “Starting with calisthenics weight wise. Outside with ladders practicing on my footwork and flexibility and everything.”

Baker is not worried about taking visits or going to camps during the offseason and plans to start looking at taking visits in the fall. Right now, a couple of programs are standing out.

“I think Tennessee and Michigan they’re really showing a lot of love,” Baker said. “I really feel like they want me at their college. Tennessee, Michigan and Louisiana Tech they really talk to me a lot.”

Baker’s main focus is finishing high school and being with his family and he doesn’t want to let much get in the way of that. While he will eventually have to make a decision, he said he’s unsure if he’ll stay close to home or go abroad.

“It depends on how it goes down when I start looking into that college and which one feels like home to me,” he said. “Because I really don’t mind on moving out, but my family really wants me to stay near, so if I have to stay near to keep them happy I’ll stay near or if I feel like it’s best for me to go out, I’ll go out.”


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