- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
For as long as he can remember, Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) cheered for the Miami Hurricanes. Especially when Florida State was their opponent.
But times have changed. The ESPN 300 athlete is now firmly committed to the Seminoles and his allegiance lies in Tallahassee.
So while being inside Sun Life Stadium last Saturday pulling for the road team was a little out of the ordinary for Baker, it eventually grew on him.
"It was kind of weird, but at the same time, I will be playing for FSU next year, so I don't really have a choice," he said. "It was my first time ever in that matchup rooting against Miami and stuff like that, but I don't think it was too weird because under the circumstances, it was kind of fitting. It just felt a little different.
"It was crazy. The fans were rowdy. It was packed. I think it was a great experience to be there and see it in person. It was kind of a crazy experience for me because I will be on the team next year. But I mean, the environment was crazy. I am glad FSU came away with the win."
A chance to speak to any of the Florida State coaches was not afforded on Saturday night. But Baker did make sure to let his primary recruiter, Eddie Gran, know that he would be there in garnet and gold.
"I didn't get a chance to talk to them because they were so busy," he said. "That atmosphere was rocking, so I didn't talk to him before the game. Leading up to it, I had told him that I would be there. That was pretty much it, I told them I would be rooting them on."
In what was an action-packed contest, Baker's eyes remained fixed on the Seminoles defensive backs. He wanted to see how they were used and how they played.
But potentially the biggest impact didn't come from that. Rather, it was who played and when that stuck out.
"I watched the DBs. Xavier Rhodes, I saw every move he made," he said. "I saw Coach [Mark] Stoops tell them that they could freelance a little bit, they could either press or stay up. I saw Ronald Darby a lot. I saw a lot of different DBs on the field and that was pretty cool.
"I like that they will let young guys play and that I will have a chance to get on the field. They have confidence in their young players."
Baker's next Florida State game will be in Tallahassee as he plans to be in attendance for the season finale against Florida.