Baker Talks About PSU Visit

Defensive linemen are not a focal point for Penn State in recruiting this year, but the Nittany Lions would like to get at least one in this class. That player could be Connecticut prospect Chris Baker, who was in Happy Valley for an official visit last weekend.

Baker, a 6-foot-3 and 295-pounder from Windsor High, has been gaining momentum over the past few weeks. He has garnered offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Syracuse. Why the sudden interest?

"When I was a freshman and sophomore, I didn't take studying very seriously. I was lucky to have a 2.0 GPA and I scored 700 something on the SAT," Baker said. "Now I have raised my grades and scored 1150 on the SAT, schools are now showing a lot of interest."

Windsor head coach Mark Welch raves about his star pupil.

"For a kid his size, he has great athleticism. He can run a 4.9 40-yard dash and dunk a basketball at 295 pounds," Welch said.

Baker has collected his offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Syracuse and Connecticut all over the last three-four months. According to Baker, his offer from Penn State came three weeks ago.

"Coach [Brian] Norwood has been in contact with myself and Coach Welch since I was at [PSU's] summer camp," Baker said. "They were just waiting on my test score."

Today, Penn State is showing Baker how important he is to them. Joe Paterno will be making the trek to Windsor High.

"Everyone knows Joe Paterno, it's nice having a legend like that visit your school," Baker said.

Some other topic Baker discussed with FOS:

BL: What camps did you attend last year?

CB: The Nike Combine at Penn State, [and] Syracuse, Penn State and Connecticut summer camps. I also attended a small combine called the Nutmeg Football Combine here in Connecticut.

BL: Who was your host on your official visit?

CB: Elijah Robinson, from New Jersey.

BL: Overall, how would you say the visit went?

CB: I loved the visit, it was the best trip I've had so far. Penn State felt like home, it's a family environment. The coaches didn't feel like coaches, they felt like fathers or uncles away from home.

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