Prep school update: Eric Baker

Today, in part two of a four-part series, checks up on South Carolina running back commitment Eric Baker, who's attending Fork Union Military Academy this fall in an effort to qualify academically. How's Baker doing on the football field and in the classroom at Fork Union? Is he on track to enroll at South Carolina in January? Read inside for those answers and much more.

The 6'0", 200 pound Baker signed with South Carolina this past February, but did not qualify out of high school. Thus, he enrolled at Fork Union this fall and has adjusted well to his new environment, both on and off the football field.

"Everything's going pretty good. We've got a routine everyday. We wake up, eat breakfast, do a lot of tests, go to practice and play football," said Baker." As far as football goes, they've got me playing linebacker, punt returner and running back. I'm doing good with my reps at running back, and I've run a couple punts back for touchdowns. I'm making a lot of plays at linebacker too."

Baker, who says he's improved his strength and his speed while at Fork Union, confirmed that he is still committed to South Carolina and keeps in close touch with the USC coaches.

"I'm definitely still committed to South Carolina," said Baker. "I keep in touch with Coach (Robert) Gillespie and Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. They like to see how I'm doing, what's going on academically and how I'm playing and stuff like that."

The talented Jacksonville, FL product has kept up with South Carolina's season thus far and has been impressed with what he's seen, especially the play of the Gamecock running backs.

"I've been keeping up with them. They're doing pretty good. They're 3-1 right now, and they beat Georgia. I'm rooting for them, and I'm with them. I'm with them all the way," said Baker. "I've really noticed how they use their running backs. Spurrier's running the ball more this year than last year, and I like that very much."

While Baker's been impressed with the play of USC running backs Cory Boyd and Mike Davis, he feels that he can add another dimension to the Gamecock backfield when he arrives - speed.

"I can add more speed to their offense. I also think my cuts and my vision would work well in their offense."

According to Baker, the adjustment of being nearly ten hours from home has been made easier by having two of his future teammates, Antonio Allen and Akeem Auguste, with him at Fork Union.

"It's been pretty good. We're roommates and have really gotten to know each other. We're bonding and stuff like that."

On the academic front, Baker is doing very well this semester and is optimistic that he'll be able to enroll at South Carolina in January.

"Everything's going good academically. I'm doing pretty good in my classes. Basically I just have to get my ACT scores up. I'm only like a couple points off. I'm ready to get those couple points so I can go to (South Carolina) in January."

Baker, who has helped lead Fork Union to a 4-1 record on the football field so far this season, closed by sharing what his goals are for the remainder of this fall.

"I'm just going to play football and do what I've got to do to qualify. That's my focus. I'm working hard to get to South Carolina in January."

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