The 6-foot-3 target from Vista Murrieta High School (Calif.) made his pledge to the Spartans in September.
It actually was not the first time Baker committed to San Jose State. In the spring leading into his senior season he committed to the Spartans, but decided to reopen his recruitment.
“I just wanted to keep my options open,” Baker said. “Nothing else really interested me enough to go anywhere else and I was set on going to San Jose. I loved it, I loved the coaches. I loved the way they recruited me and interacted with me. It just seems like a good fit for me all the way around, school wise and football wise.”
Baker’s recruitment started in his sophomore season when he began talking to assistant coach Donte Williams. Williams verbally offered Baker in his sophomore season and San Jose State made it official his junior year.
When Baker reopened his recruitment, he did some research on each school, but none could top what he originally saw in San Jose State.
“Before I really committed and decided to make my decision, I went through every single school and looked at their roster, looked at their whole entire school academic wise and football wise,” Baker said. “San Jose stands out to be the best. It’s the best area and best program fit for me.”
Former receivers coach Terry Malley was also a key recruiter for Baker along with Williams. When Malley was let go from the program, Baker got a call from Malley to get the news first-hand. The move did not deter Baker from the program, however. He signed with San Jose State on national signing day.
“He just wanted to call me and tell me himself,” Baker said. “He told me I’m an outstanding player, he wishes me the best of luck in my career, he’ll be watching and that he wishes he could be a part of my career and that he was glad he got to recruit me.”
So what did Malley and the San Jose State staff see in Baker? He is a tall target that knows how to use his 6-foot-3, 180 pound frame to his advantage. He is also an all-around type of receiver who will contribute any way that he can. His versatile skill set landed him a three-star rating and was ranked the 26th best receiver in the West region.
“I like to do everything,” Baker said. “I like to run all types of routes, I don’t have a favorite route or anything. If you need me to block, I’ll block. If you need me to run a route, I’ll run a route. My game is not one-dimensional. Some receivers just catch the ball or go up for the ball. I block and I do it good. I catch and I do it good. I run routes and I do it good.”
From his conversations with the coaching staff, Baker expects to come in and compete for a spot in the rotation at receiver. To get out on the field as a true freshman is a priority for him.
“I’ve always wanted to be a true freshman,” Baker said. “That’s always been my goal and my dream and I’m trying to make it happen.”