Sunday, December 2, 2012
ESPN 300 ATH Baker to take UGA official
By Kipp Adams
While the University of Georgia is hoping to hang on to ESPN 150 cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), programs like South Carolina and Texas A&M continue to make a push for him to switch. If the Bulldogs have to look elsewhere, another highly regarded option emerged on Sunday.
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos has recruited ESPN 300 athlete Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Prep) since the spring, but the 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect committed to Florida State in July. Recently the contact has been renewed.
Coach Lakatos has been in touch with me and today they invited me to come take an official,” Baker said. “Depending on what happens at the cornerback spot I could get an offer. He said they are losing a lot in the secondary in the draft this year so I would have a chance to come in and compete for early playing time. I will definitely be taking an official there in January."
Last night, Baker watched the Bulldogs take on No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Baker came away impressed.
“Georgia is a great program that just played for the SEC Championship last night,” Baker said. “That was the game for the National Championship because I think either one of those teams would beat Notre Dame. It was an amazing, physical matchup between two great teams.”
Baker says an offer from Georgia would mean a lot to him.
“I am interested in them and really excited about getting on campus to see what they have to offer in academics and try to form a stronger relationship with the coaching staff,” Baker said. “I also want to see how I fit in with the environment and learn about the possibility for early playing time. They are a physical program and a SEC powerhouse that is well-coached and has been in the SEC Championship the last two years. They run a lot of man coverage so I like that.”
Although he has been committed to the Seminoles for almost five months, Baker says his recruitment is far from over. A recent coaching departure has left the door open for other programs to have a shot at the four-star prospect.
“There is really nothing any other program has to do special to get me, it is really up to me as far as how much I like it there,” Baker said. “As far as me and FSU right now, they just lost Coach [Mike] Stoops and a lot of stuff has been going on. That impacts me a lot because obviously I have a relationship with those coaches, not other ones they are bringing in. After talking with my family, I would say my commitment is 60/40 right now.”
Baker says his recruiter of record for FSU, Eddie Gran, is expected by on Tuesday for an in-home visit, where the two will schedule an official visit. He will also take official visits to Clemson (Dec. 7) and to Oklahoma (Dec. 14).