There's a lot to like regarding Baker. He has above average height and long arms. He shows good speed and the ability to turn and run with wide receivers. This is a physical kid, whether it's in press coverage at the line of scrimmage, making a tackle in the open field or going up for a play on the ball. He does everything well.
Baker looks pretty adept at playing both man and zone. He looks like he has enough speed and short area quickness to mirror receivers in man and does a nice job of watching and reading in zone coverage. He's a get in your face type of cornerback that shows no fear. Baker will take his chances, looking to make plays on the ball. He utilizes his length to his advantage and is terrific in the air, where he shows the ability to high point the ball and make a play.
I also like what he does when he has to make a tackle. He may not be Ronnie Lott but this is a physical defensive back that you can count on to come up and make a tackle in the open field, in space or just coming up to set the edge.What may be of concern:
I don't see any major areas of concern here with Baker. Of course, he will need to bulk up and add weight to his frame. Baker could also benefit by getting a bit faster. And I am sure he will gain more girth and speed as he physically matures. He's also young and will need to continue to work on technique and the finer points of playing the position.Overall analysis:
There is never a shortage of defensive backs from the Sunshine State and this season is no different. Georgia went down to South Florida and landed a versatile defensive back that will likely be a cornerback but could also be a safety. In fact, I think Baker could play just about anywhere in the secondary in Athens.
He also shows his versatility in coverage, as he can be a guy that plays man, zone and press. Baker is physical and does a nice job of making plays after the ball is in flight. He can roam and track. Baker just needs time to develop a bit more physically.
The Bulldogs always do a nice job of recruiting the state of Florida. In fact, you can make a case they do it better than any other out of state team. This recruiting cycle is no different. Georgia now has a dozen commitments and two from the Sunshine State.
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