Florida RB Names Top Four

The South Carolina Gamecocks have already landed one premier running back in the 2007 recruiting class in T.L. Hanna (Anderson, SC) standout Brian Maddox, but the Carolina coaches would like to sign another top tailback to complement Maddox in the Gamecock backfield for years to come. They may have found their man in Edward H. White (Jacksonville, FL) 3-star tailback Eric Baker.

Eric Baker, who measures in at a solid 6'0, 200 pounds, is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail this year, and he has racked up scholarship offers from big time programs like South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, Clemson, and Nebraska. While he claims an impressive list of offers, four lucky schools have risen to the top in the race for Baker's services.

"(The recruiting process) is going okay. I'm looking at South Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, and Clemson right now. Those are my top four."

The standout tailback was asked to comment on what he likes about each of his four favorite schools.

South Carolina - "I like their coaching staff. They came out to one of my games to see me, and they said they liked me a lot. They want me to come take a visit."

Florida - "It's the same thing with the coaching staff. They've been calling me a little bit, and they let me know they're interested in me and stuff like that."

West Virginia - "The same thing really. My recruiter, Coach Trickett, he's down to earth and funny and all that. I like him a lot."

Clemson - "They're real good too. I'm interested in them too, because they talk to me a lot."

Baker, who is considered to be one of the top running backs in the southeast, is in no hurry to make a decision, and he stated that he could see himself waiting until signing day to choose his college destination. While he does not have an immediate timeframe for a decision, Baker does know what he is looking for in a school.

"First is education-wise. Second is football. Those are really the two areas, and third is how I'm going to fit in at the college program."

One factor playing in the Gamecocks favor is Baker's relationship with his South Carolina recruiter, Steve Spurrier Jr.

"Coach Spurrier Jr. is my recruiter from South Carolina. He's a cool dude, and I like him a lot. He calls me pretty much once a week to see how I'm doing and all that."

Baker also likes the thought of being able to go to South Carolina and make an early impact in the backfield.

"They've talked about the possibility (for early playing time) a little bit. That one running back committed to South Carolina, Brian Maddox, is a pretty good running back as well. They're trying to get me and see if they can get two running backs that can make a big impact."

The Jacksonville native combines a special set of skills on the gridiron, which make him such a prized recruit. Baker shared his thoughts on what strengths he brings to the football field.

"My strengths are my vision and patience, my cutback ability, and running hard. I've got good speed. I've got the whole package with speed, power, and vision."

Baker, who will look to set up his recruiting visits after his senior season is over, is currently gearing up to lead his team into the playoffs.

"My senior season went real good. Me and my teammates finished out 7-3, and we're going into the playoffs. I broke my last year's record for (rushing) over 2,000 yards."

If there's any doubt what kind of dynamic playmaking ability Baker brings to the backfield, look no further than his last outing, where he totaled almost video game-like numbers, despite his team coming out on the losing end.

"I had 340 yards and 3 touchdowns last week. We came out and played hard. I had a good game, but unfortunately we didn't win the game."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for the latest on this exciting Sunshine State running back prospect.

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