Recruiting: Horns land Hebron linebacker Baker

The versatile athlete from Lewisville Hebron will return at linebacker, tight end and slot receiver for Hawks' head coach Brian Brazil in 2002.

HR caught up with Lewis Baker while he was visiting his teammate, Ian-Yates Cunningham, on Sunday afternoon. HR asked about his visit to Texas.

"I didn't attend the Texas camp," he said. "I only made an unofficial visit. On the way down, I got very excited and it was a great experience. In my heart, I know it's the place for me to go. I gave it a couple of days for it (the excitement) to wear off, but it never did. That's when I decided to go ahead and commit."

Baker posted some impressive numbers in 2001, recording 132 tackles (85 solos) with five caused fumbles, nine ½ sacks, 20 other tackles for losses, three pass deflections and one blocked field goal. He also caught 10 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns at wide receiver. Lewis was asked about his future position in college.

"Coach (Carl) Reese said that I would be looked at all three linebacker positions," he said.

An excellent student who carries a 3.0 GPA and has already scored a 950 on the SAT, Baker also considered Notre Dame and Georgia Tech in addition to both Texas A&M and Oklahoma, where he attended camp this summer.

Baker is currently ranked No. 32 overall in the Heartland Recruiting Regional Top 160.

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