Baker Discusses SEC Visit

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Ragsdale (Jamestown, NC) tailback Toney Baker made an unofficial visit to the University of Tennessee last weekend to see the Volunteers play the Florida Gators. The All-American prospect had positive things to say about the Tennessee 2-point victory.

“The atmosphere was great man,” Baker said. He only visited for one day. “109,000 people there. The stadium was rockin’. I had a great time. I really enjoyed it and so did my parents. They loved it. I felt good about the game and felt good about the things Tennessee did.”

One of things Baker “felt good about” was the way Tennessee used their tailbacks.

“They ran the football a whole lot,” Baker said. “They utilize the running backs really good. It’s just a big-time program. As soon as you step in Knoxville, you feel the tradition that goes on in Tennessee. It was just a great experience.”

This was the 2nd game Baker had seen at the University of Tennessee. Did it help their standing with the touted tailback?

“It helped a lot,” Baker said. “My parents didn’t know too much about Tennessee. They did not expect anything like that. They were excited. I can’t say where Tennessee stands, but they’re definitely up there.”

The next game experience for Baker may come this weekend, and it will be to another one of his top 5 schools. Baker listed his top 5 as “Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, UNC and Tennessee” in no particular order.

“I would like to get to the Virginia Tech game this weekend,” Baker said. “I’m going to try and get down there. My parents really want to go out and see the game, so I think I’m going to go.”

Tech recently received a commitment from Phoebus star tailback Elan Lewis, but that does not appear to have much effect at this point.

“I heard they got a recent commitment, but that doesn’t bother me,” Baker said. “I still want to check it out.”

If he makes a visit this weekend, it will be his first true experience at Virginia Tech. He visited for the Nike Camp the summer before his junior year, but says he did not learn much about the program then.

Following a possible visit this weekend, Baker named 2 more favorites he wants to see in action this Fall.

“I want to go to a Virginia game,” Baker said. “I’m thinking maybe I will go to see them play Miami. That’s the game I want to be at. It would be an unofficial visit. I also want to go