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Notebook: UF, FSU stand out for Thomas

4/17/2012

MIAMI -- Gulliver Prep junior defensive end Stacy Thomas was one of the defensive line standouts at the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound end said he came to the camp hoping to improve his game.

"I thought I did well," Thomas said. "I went up against good competition and felt like I got better today."

Thomas, who already holds offers from powerhouse programs such as Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin and LSU, said that a few schools are standing out to him right now.

"I recently picked up offers from Mississppi State and Marshall but Florida and Florida State are standing out to me still," he said. "I just like the tradition, they both have winning teams and both of their coaches gave me a good vibe -- they would be a good place to play at."

Thomas claims no leader at this time, but says he is aiming for an early decision on his commitment.

"I'm thinking about making an early commitment before the season starts," he said. "I'll just see how everything goes."

New school in the mix for Baker

Another defensive standout, Hallandale (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep cornerback prospect Adrian Baker, said the camp on Saturday helped him improve his game.

"I thought I did really good," Baker said. "I came here to get better and I feel like I did pretty good."

Baker was planning to take in Florida State's spring game on Saturday but for personal reasons couldn't make the trip. Florida State, Florida and West Virginia have been near the top of Baker's list for some time, but Baker now says another team has made a move for his services.

"I am very interested in Miami now," Baker said. "Really everything is still the same with FSU, Florida and West Virginia and now Miami is in the mix. Miami is really the only change in my top schools."

Baker said Miami's defensive backs coach Paul Williams is a big reason the Canes have made a move.

"I like the tradition, the coaches, they produce great defensive backs," Baker said. "It's my home town team and plus I had a sit down talk with coach Paul Williams and we hit it off. I was very happy about that."

Though Miami has made a move, Baker said the Gators still have a lot to offer.

"With Florida, they like a lot of speed guys," Baker said. "I think I fit that bill. I like their tradition and the city of Gainesville, it's kind of laid back. I like Coach [Travaris] Robinson and I like their depth chart."

Baker said he is unsure of when he will make a decision.

2014 RB prospect to watch

Junior running back prospect Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central) took home the NFTC running backs MVP on Sunday and already has seen his recruitment take off. But his teammate and counterpart in the backfield Dalvin Cooke is also starting to see his recruitment increase.

Cooke, who Miami, Louisville and West Virginia have all offered, said he is still waiting to hear from his dream school.

"Clemson is my dream school," Cooke said. "My coach had made a call to them and they said they would contact me, but I'm still waiting on a call."

Most highly-recruited high school running back prospects aren't used to sharing time in the backfield with another top back, but Cooke said it doesn't him at all.

"We are good friends," Cooke said. "Our relationship has grown over the season, we get a long great."