Baines admits to growing up watching and following Michigan but said that over the past year, another Big Ten program showed interest. He says that Penn State has begun to recruit him.
"I would love to have an offer from Penn State," Baines told FightOnState.com.
Baines is an impressive if raw player. In February, he played well during the TEST Sports Clubs Premier Showcase. In one-on-one competitions against top wide receiver prospects from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Baines showed good footwork and a penchant for physical play. Even against some big-name receivers, he seemed to thrive under physical contact. His hands were good and he was rarely burned in the event.
One week later, Baines showed well in the Badger Sports 7 on 7 event, once again going up against top competition from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia, among other states. Baines showed that he belonged among the deep talent pool at the event.
He said that Penn State would like to see him do just that this fall.
"Penn State wants to see my senior season tape," Baines said. "They don't want players who will slack off [just] because they have offers."
Baines went to two Penn State games last year and he hopes to impress the coaching staff with his senior tape to get the offer.
"ECU was great — they have a good staff," Baines said. "They're a program that appears to be on the rise."
Baines feels that his recent performance at showcase events will show that he is a good player and that his senior film will speak for itself. All this means that Baines' job is simple when positioning himself to schools.
"I just want to show schools that I am a great person with a great personality," Baines said.
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