In addition to the Mountaineers and Gamecocks, Baker is also interested in North Carolina State and South Florida, and that interest is mutual. Schools are intrigued by Baker's big frame (6-5, 320 lbs.), as well as with his improving mobility (5.3 in his latest 40-yard dash at Nike camp).
"I'm playing tackle in high school, but I want to be a guard in college," Baker said. "I think that position is the best for me, and it's what I'm working for."
WVU has a couple of advantages in Baker's mind, and were the Mountaineers to offer it seems reasonably clear that they would be his favorite.
"When I was up there last year, I really liked the town and the campus," said Baker, who doesn't like a lot of hustle and bustle. "I'm not a big party guy, and I liked the small town atmosphere there."
Also adding to WVU's ledger is the presence of two of Baker's former teammates, Jarrett Brown and Jetavious Best. Both are scheduled to come to WVU in mid-June to begin preparing for their collegiate careers, but while they are in Florida they have been talking a great deal with Baker about WVU.
"I talk with both of them a lot about West Virginia," Baker admitted. "I am really pushing for West Virginia."
Baker, who uses his size to great advantage in run blocking, says he is also a solid pass blocker. After performing in front of Brown and Best last year, he obviously has experience in both offensive phases, and is ready to show it on the summer camping trail.