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Sunday, December 30, 2012
DL Baker shows versatility at Junior Bowl

By Greg Ostendorf

ATLANTA -- Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist School) is playing on the defensive line this week at the Georgia Junior Bowl, but he took one rep at offensive tackle during Saturday’s practice. All he did was prevent ESPN Watch List pass rusher Bryson Allen-Williams from getting to the quarterback. Is there a future there?

“Offense comes like natural to me,” Baker said. “I really didn’t play it at my school because I hurt myself this year, so I went back on the defensive side of the ball, but it’s fine. I really don’t mind playing offense at all.”

Baker  has offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Washington, and he says most of the schools like him on offense. The hometown Yellow Jackets offered just a couple of days ago.

“I felt great about it,” Baker said. “Every offer humbles you and makes you feel good about yourself. I just thank God that’s given me the opportunity to play football.”

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman is also hearing from the majority of the schools in the SEC. He was in contact with both Alabama and Florida last week. The Crimson Tide are hoping to bring in him for a camp next summer.

“They say I’m doing real good things, to keep myself healthy, and they’re going to come watch me,” Baker said. “They want me to come up to a camp and do some work. They didn’t really specify where they want me. I’m probably going to go both ways when I get up there.”

Baker has always been impressed with Alabama and how they run their program.

“They just do what they do,” he said. “They will you with what they do, and they don’t really change. I really like that.”

The Georgia Junior Bowl will kick off Monday at 1 p.m. EST.