Gamecocks Land Standout Running Back

Edward H. White (Jacksonville, FL) 3-star running back Eric Baker made an official visit to South Carolina this weekend. The dynamic backfield prospect entered into the visit favoring South Carolina, and after enjoying his time at USC, Baker decided to commit to the Gamecocks.

Baker, who measures in at 6'1 and 200 pounds, talked about his visit to South Carolina, and shared why he decided to commit to the Gamecocks.

"It went real well. The staff and the players treated me good and everything. I met Coach Spurrier and all that," said Baker. "I committed to South Carolina on my visit. Basically being comfortable was the biggest factor."

The elusive Sunshine State prospect said that everything stood out to him on his visit to Columbia.

"Everything stood out to me on the visit. It was a great trip."

Baker, who runs a blazing 4.4 second forty yard dash, had the opportunity to hang out with fellow Gamecock running back commitment Brian Maddox while on campus.

"I hung out with Brian Maddox while I was there. He's a good guy."

Baker said that he is looking forward to competing for playing time next season, and he could possibly see action as a return specialist on special teams.

"It'll just come down to competing. They're going to have me on special teams, returning punts and kickoff returns. Coach Spurrier and Coach Gillespie were just talking to me about what I'm going to do my first year there and stuff like that."

Baker, who was hosted by USC freshman Emanuel Cook on his visit, said he is firm in his commitment to the Gamecocks, but he is leaving the door open for possibly taking other visits.

"I don't know yet about taking any other visits. To this point I don't know."

Baker chose the Gamecocks over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, West Virginia, Louisville, and Nebraska.

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