Baker Talks Recruiting

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Ragsdale (Jamestown, NC) prospect Toney Baker admits that not too much has changed in his recruiting process over the past few months. The 5-10, 220-pound tailback continues to list North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech as his top 5 schools.

“It’s pretty much still the same 5 schools at the top,” Baker said.

During his senior season, Baker hopes to make unofficial visits to most if not all of his top 5 schools in order to check out game atmospheres. He admits he wants to make at least a few official visits following the season.

“I’m going to take a couple,” Baker said of official visits. “I’m not sure I’ll take all 5 though. I’d like to wait until after the season to make official visits. I’ll probably take some unofficials during the season. I want to go to the Florida at Tennessee game. I’m sure I’ll check out NC State and UNC games. I want to see a game at UVa. I’d like to see them during a game atmosphere to see how the fans are.”

When asked which schools, if any, are certain to receive an official visit, Baker indicated that he wants to take a look at all of his top 5 schools.

“I know I’m going to visit [NC] State, Virginia and Tennessee,” Baker said. “Then again, I also want to look at UNC and Virginia Tech. I’m not totally sure right now where I’ll go. I’d like to take a look at all of them.”

NC State and Virginia appear to be 2 schools almost certain to receive official visits. Baker likes the direction both programs are heading in.

“I’ll definitely visit those 2 schools,” Baker said of NC State and Virginia. “NC State is winning bowl games and it looks like they’re here to stay. They have a nice stadium that I feel comfortable in. They have a lot going on…they put a lot of money in their facilities. I like Coach Amato’s attitude towards winning.

“Virginia is winning like NC State is. And I love the coaching staff…I really like the coaching staff a lot, and it looks like they are going to be there for a long time. I like the Head Coach. I haven’t had the chance to see a whole lot of Virginia though. I went to the Spring game and they showed me around. I haven’t been there for a game though.”

When decision-time comes, Baker admits playing time will be a factor. He simply wants a fair opportunity to compete for early playing time and says competition will not be a factor.

“I’m not concerned about competition,” Baker said.

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