OL Prospect Sam Baker Has Fave

One of the best early offensive line prospects in the junior class, Sam Baker, has a favorite college. He also talks about his highly-touted teammated, Chris Barrett, and says Barrett has an even stronger early leader...

Sam Baker, OL, 6-5, 290, Tustin (Calif.) High, is considered one of the early elite offensive line prospects on the west coast.

Even though it's early, Baker said he has a leader among the colleges he's considering. "UCLA is at the top right now," Baker said. "But I also like USC, Fresno State, Nebraska and Oklahoma."

Baker went to both UCLA and USC Junior Days recently and said both were good. "UCLA's was better organized. I liked UCLA better from a school standpoint, too. And my mom thought that, too. But USC was more fun."

Baker was first offered by Fresno State, then USC in winter, then UCLA offered him when he attended Junior Day.

When it comes to factors in his decision, he said he wouldn't care about going away for school, and that location and a coaching staff are important. "I want a coaching staff that I can see myself working with for my college career. I know the UCLA staff, and the USC staff and Fresno State staff really well. I really like UCLA's offensive line coach, Mark Weber, and Coach Toledo. Coach Hill from Fresno State is real cool."

He said UCLA has an edge in his mind at this point because "it's close to home and it seems like a place for me right now. They're also recruiting me the hardest," he said.

Baker also commented about his teammate, highly-touted junior TE/DE Chris Barrett. "Chris is a freak," he said. "He's so good, at both defensive end and tight end. He's a great speed rusher, but maybe he's better overall as a tight end."

Does Baker and Barrett intend to go to college together? "If it happens it happens," he said. "I know that Chris is a really heavy UCLA lean. More than I am even. I'm pretty sure he could commit early to them."

Baker said that he, himself, wants to go through the recruiting process a bit before making his decision.

He has a 3.0 GPA and just took the SAT for the first time March 16th. He did say that he scored a 980 on a PSAT. He'll attend the Nike Camp at Palo Alto in May.

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