HIGHLIGHTS: Zack Baker Talks Ivy League

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Take a gander at Zack Baker as he slings it at the Nor Cal Passing Down Regional, and talks about one school he's hoping to hear back from.

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Last season, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback Zack Baker led the Wolves to a 7-5 record and a second-round exit in the North Coast Section playoffs. This next season, he and junior-to-be Kevin Davidson will battle for the reins of the Wolves' offense.

"Competition always makes people better, no matter what situation it is," Baker said at Sunday's Passing Down Nor Cal Regional. "You've got to have someone that you're battling with, so you know what you've got to work on, and you know you've got to make plays to put myself up ahead."

The biggest improvement Baker wants to make to his game this offseason is to become more of a leader, and winning the competition outright would do a lot to service that ambition.

"I want to get the team to come together, the team to play well, make sure everything's rolling," Baker said. "I think that's the biggest focus of the season. I want to put the ball where it needs to be, and make sure that we're all on the same page."

Until then, though, Baker will sift through a handful of offers to play football in the Ivy League.

"I've been talking a lot to Harvard and Princeton and Yale," Baker said at Sunday's Passing Down Nor Cal Regional. "I've got a Junior Day invite to Princeton and to Yale, and I should have a phone call scheduled with Harvard, coming up."

Baker's GPA is sky-high, with a 4.28 cumulative weighted, and a 4.44 "if you take out P.E.'s and all those," Baker said.

Baker doesn't favor any one of the three Ivy schools; he just wants to get a top-notch education.

"I want to go play football at a school with great academics," Baker said. "Any of those three schools is great. Any school with similar football and similar academics, that's the goal."

There was one SEC team coming into the picture for Baker – Vanderbilt – before the coaching staff left.

"I was talking to Ricky Rahne and James Franklin," Baker said. "I haven't talked to them since the new staff's come up. I would really like to establish contact with them, again, because that's so cool – incredible football and incredible academics. I've talked to Northwestern here and there, and then I've talked to some other, smaller, D1 schools – New Mexico and Texas State – and have gotten a little bit of interest from schools like that."

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