Focus 2010: QB Turner Baty

One of the top passers in Northern California in the class of 2010 will be Atherton (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton's Turner Baty, a 6-3, 195-pounder who's dad played in the NFL and mom graduated from UCLA...

Atherton (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton quarterback Turner Baty (6-3, 195), is fresh off a memorable visit to the CIF-CCS Large School title game.

Baty led his M-A squad to the championship, leading a waning-minute touchdown drive to take the led, then watched from the sidelines as his defense held tight on a goalline stand to eke out the win. In a year in which their head coach resigned midway through the season, it was a gratifying way to end the year.

Now with his junior year complete, Baty is entering into the next phase of his career, the beginning of his college recruitment.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from UCLA, Boston College and Oregon and I've been starting to get some from Vanderbilt, Miami and Northwestern. A Northwestern coach came to one of our practices a couple weeks ago so that was cool," said Baty. "I've been sending out my film so we'll see what happens. Hopefully my play reflects well and schools will want me."

In the early going, eight schools are standing out for Baty.

"Right now I like UCLA, Miami, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Missouri, Northwestern, Oregon and Texas," said Baty. "And Stanford, my dad went there and players there, so I always have to look at them. I've been getting a couple from them. I'm open right now and just waiting for that first offer. I'll look anywhere."

From that group, Baty said UCLA and Miami were standing out for him.

"UCLA has shown me the most attention. I love them. It seems like the best of both worlds, with the beach 10 minutes away, a great academic school and the best coaches in college football. My mom was a song girl at UCLA back in the 80's and she went to school with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. I went to the Arizona game and this last weekend I went to the UCLA-USC game and got to talk with the coaches."

Baty also camped at UCLA this past summer, one of a handful of places he camped, which also included a camp at Cal and at Oregon.

"I camped at Cal and had a great time. I haven't really been talking with them much lately but I had a lot of fun there. I really like Coach Cignetti," said Baty.

Stanford is another place where Baty camped. The Cardinal have long been a family favorite, his dad playing there in the early 1980's before playing in the NFL from 1986-1994.

"We usually go to a lot of their games and my dad really had a good experience at Stanford, so I'm definitely interested in them," said Baty.

Baty said he's been looking forward to going through the recruiting process and while he's eager to experience it, he's not eager to make a decision.

"I want to go through the process and wait a while to decide," said Baty. "Everyone is going through it so early but I want to go through some visits. I'll definitely sit down with my dad, and figure out what my time frame is. I'd like to go to as many camps as I can this summer."

Baty finished the season throwing for over 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns and the ultimate prize, the CIF-CCS title. He quickly transitioned into basketball season over the weekend and they tipped off their season last night.

"I think I'm going to take a year off from baseball and just work with my quarterback coach so I can be fundamentally sound for the summer," said Baty.

Academically, he's in excellent shape, carrying a 3.8 in AP classes and set for the SAT in the spring.

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