Jordan High went 8-3 last fall losing in the first round of the playoffs to Venice High School (and future Trojan Kenny Ashley). When asked what it was like trying to tackle Ashley in that game, Baker's simple response of "not fun" said many words. Antwoine played defensive end as a freshman on junior varsity, and had a banner season. He did not play his sophomore season while getting his academics in order, but came back to post big numbers as a junior. Baker's junior campaign included 40 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 sacks, and 12 passes defensed. He did not play offense as a junior, but will play wide receiver his upcoming senior year. Among the honors for his junior season included 1st-Team All League, 1st Team All City, and 1st Team All Area. He has successfully raised his GPA to a current 3.1, and plans to take both the SAT and ACT in April. Baker wants to major in Criminal Justice with plans to someday work in a DA's office as a prosecuting attorney.
There are several schools Baker is looking at. Jordan teammate Ricky Thanarse just signed with Nebraska for their Class of 2006, so the Cornhuskers are certainly in the mix. In addition to the Nebraska offer, Baker also has early offers from Arizona and Mississippi State. His other early favorites include: Virginia Tech, Fresno State, Miami, Texas, Cal, UCLA, and USC. Of those schools, Texas and USC are certain to get official visits. Antwoine has no timetable, and will commit when he is comfortable. When asked what his parents think, Baker said (with a chuckle), "They want me to move and go to school out of state." Antwoine has not spoken directly with any of the USC coaches as of yet, but his High School Head Coach Elijah Asante has. Coach Ken Norton has been in touch with Sante from USC. When asked what he liked about USC in particular, Baker said, "Coach Carroll, and the Defense. I really like the man-to-man coverage that USC runs. I also like all the cornerback blitzes they call." His favorite players at USC are Reggie Bush, Dwayne Jarrett, and Darnell Bing.
Baker plans on attending the East LA Football Camp on March 11th. He also plans on making the Nebraska and Texas Camps, as well as USC's Junior Day. Baker wants to work on his feet and hip quickness. He lists his strengths as speed, jumping/vertical ability, and coverage skills. Antwoine will run the 100 meters, long jump, and high jump this spring for Jordan's track team in order to work on his speed and athleticism. His older brother Eric was also a high jumper, and now attends Tuskegee University in Alabama. Baker's cousin is Washington State football player Roy Lewis out of Narbonne High School. The NFL players he patterns his game after are Mike McKenzie of the Saints and Champ Bailey. He spends his free time hanging with friends, movies, and/or playing pick up tackle football. Antwoine Baker is one to watch for the Class of 2007.