After my Wisconsin trip, I felt I was going to choose them, he explained. I had an extra day out there. But I think I let my emotions get to me. Once I came home and sorted everything out, it became clearer that Penn State was the best choice for me.
Wisconsin defensive line coach John Palermo visited Bakers home Tuesday afternoon. PSU assistants Brian Norwood and Larry Johnson were there Tuesday evening.
I committed to Penn State during the in-home visit, he said.
I spoke to my parents and thought about it, Baker added. I searched my heart and Penn State felt right. ... Wisconsin has been successful for a certain number of years, but Penn State has been great for a long time and they have tradition. I think they are getting a great class and we should contend again.
Despite playing only two seasons of organized football, Baker won first-team All-State honors from the Hartford Courant as a senior. He caught Penn States eye at the schools camp last summer. The Nittany Lions offered a scholarship about a month ago, once they learned he had met NCAA freshman eligibility standards.
Baker brings terrific pure athletic ability to the table.
"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," Windsor coach Mark Welch said.