Texas walk on eyes WSU arrival this month

HE PUT UP eye-popping numbers during his prep career in Texas, followed by a walk on season in the SEC. But he's Wazzu-bound in 2012, he tells Cougfan.com.

Tyler Baker, who walked on at Ole Miss in 2011 after a star prep turn at The Brook Hill School, (a private school in Bullard, Texas,) is headed to Washington State.

"Yes sir, I got my official release from Ole Miss and am very excited about joining Washington State," Baker texted CF.C.

Baker, who will be a redshirt freshman this season, texted he's recovering from a foot injury "or I would be at WSU right now."

He said he does not have a for-sure Pullman report date yet from the staff but thought the latest he would arrive on campus would be by Aug. 20, the first day of fall classes at Washington State.

BAKER STARRED in high school at QB/SS/WR/PR/KOR, accounting for a mind-numbing for 134 touchdowns over his four-year career, including 63 rushing TDs.

But where will the 5-9, 180-pounder (Ole Miss listing) line up at Washington State?

"I will be playing slot receiver and (be) in the return game," said Baker.

In his four years on the prep gridiron, Baker rushed for over 4,000 yards, passed for over 5,000 yards and was named All-State four times on defense and three times on offense. He was timed at 4.46 in the 40 coming out of Brook High, with a 35-inch vertical.

But he was not highly sought by the major conference schools despite his stats and high GPA, (presumably because he played against private school competition and perhaps his size. He did however have offers from Army, Navy and some schools in the Sunbelt.) He chose instead to walk on at Ole Miss instead in June of 2011. Now he plans on an arrival to Wazzu later this month.

"Tyler's scholastic ability and leadership ability are what helps him separate himself and in my opinion gives him a great edge on other athletes wanting to compete at the collegiate level," Brook Hill coach Terry Pirtle said last spring. "He was a unanimous choice as football captain as a junior for us. His classroom capabilities are evident on his transcript. He is a top notch student and very well rounded. He is a major player on The Brook Hill School basketball team, as well as track."

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