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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
DB Adrian Baker updates his recruitment

By Corey Long

[UPDATE: Baker says he is officially committed to Florida State.]

ESPN 300 defensive back Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) has had an interesting 24 hours. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior announced Monday via Twitter that he had made a long-expected commitment to Florida State. But Baker clarified his situation Tuesday, saying that FSU was not ready to accept his commitment.

Now the four-star prospect says he will reset his recruitment.

"I'm just going to say that I can't commit at this time and I'm going to start planning on taking official visits," Baker said. "I would say that Clemson and Oklahoma are definitely two visits I will take."

As for Florida State, Baker says it is his dream school, but the Seminoles are no longer his top school.

"They are still in the picture but they aren't No. 1 like they were," Baker said. "I'm going to talk to coach [Jimbo] Fisher on Friday, I think. I talked with my head coach about the situation and he thinks I should move on to another school. We'll see what happens."

Adrian Baker
DB Adrian Baker says Florida State no longer is his No. 1 choice after his commitment was turned down.
Baker said he spoke to FSU assistant Eddie Gran on Monday and committed to the coach but later was told that he needed to speak to Fisher first. Baker became even more confused and frustrated when he saw that offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans/Brother Martin) committed to FSU on Monday.

"I was wondering why they would accept that commitment and not accept mine," Baker said. "It was very confusing and no one really had the answers."

Right now Baker says that he was informed he's third on FSU's board, behind five-star prospects Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee).

"I understand enough about the process to know that players rank in different spots for coaches, but I don't understand offering someone if they can't commit," Baker said. "Why should Alexander's recruitment affect me? If he goes to somewhere like Miami, why should that have anything to do with me going to Florida State? Either you want me to play there or you don't."

Baker has several other offers, including Auburn, Louisville, Vanderbilt, LSU, and a dozen other BCS programs. He recently camped at Ohio State and is waiting to hear from Buckeyes coaches.

"I had a good time at their camp and I know the staff is going to be getting back to me shortly about an offer," Baker said. "If they offer they would be up there with my top schools."