Baker Talks Visits, New Suitors

Jan. 26 -- Upland defensive lineman Gary Baker is getting some strong late attention from Pac-12 programs...

With a few weeks before Signing Day, this is the time of the year you see some under the radar type prospects suddenly become highly coveted. Gary Baker is definitely one of those players this year and is hearing from multiple schools all over the West region.

He visited Fresno State this past weekend.

"It was a great visit, I had a really good time," Baker said. "What stood out most was how everyone out there gets along and treats each other like one big family. The coaches were great, the players were great and I really had a nice comfort level there the whole time. It's not even just the players and coaches, it's everyone who lives out there along with the recruits on the trip, we all got along really well.

"Todd Hunt was my player host and we got along really well. The depth chart sets up very nicely for me. They like me as a nose guard and feel I could come in and play immediately. Wherever I go, I want to play right away, that's my goal. I had to play both ways in H.S so it would be fun to just focus on one side of the ball and go 100% every down."

Along with the Bulldogs, Baker has a trio if Pac 12 programs showing strong interest.

"I have an official visit set with Oregon this weekend (Jan. 30)," Baker said. "Arizona State wants me to take a mid-week visit but I'm not sure I'm going to do that or not. UCLA is also showing interest and I heard they could offer as well.

"I have a home visit with Oregon this Tuesday and I'm looking forward to that. Coach Helfrich, Pellum, Aiken and Fisher are all supposed to be coming in so I'm looking forward to that. After my visit to Oregon, I'll take some time to evaluate all my options and then make my decision. I don't have an exact time frame, just whenever I feel ready. I'm both Nervous and anxious because it's a big decision but I'm excited about it."

BRO Editor's Note: From what we've heard from sources close to Baker, if UCLA offered it would change the landscape for Baker. There's a possibility that UCLA could try to get Baker to officially visit mid-week or even on the weekend instead of visiting Oregon.

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