At 6'1" 190 lbs, John David Baker may be a tad on the small side for a Division 1 quarterback, but he has the speed (4.6 40-time) and strength (max bench is 305) to make up for any size shortcomings.
During his junior season, Baker threw for 1230 yards and ran for 675 yards. He also added 12 touchdowns through the air and ran in 8 himself. He earned 2nd team all district, all West Texas honors, and it would appear he has strong interest in becoming a part of the Mustang tradition.
He has attended camps at Baylor, Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston, UTEP, Texas Tech and SMU, but has no official offers. He also attended spring practice at SMU where he said the coaches were "really nice. I was able to tour the facilities, and the overall experience was very good."
When PonyStampede.com spoke with John David on Tuesday night he said he had actually spoken with some of the SMU coaching staff earlier in the day. When asked about his interest, Baker responded, "It's very high. I'm really excited about what Coach Jones is able to do there. I love his offensive philosophy and would love to be apart of it."
Is he going to commit? "I would like to make a commitment somewhere before the season starts so I can concentrate on my senior season and enjoy it. I don't want to worry about that kind of stuff during the season. If SMU made an offer, I would seriously consider it."
The Mustangs would certainly be pleased to have a player of this caliber. He describes himself as a natural leader. He said, "I have started since my sophomore season, and my teammates have looked to me to be their leader since then. I need to play well this season, but also I want to make my teammates better, because that's what a leader is supposed to do."