Rumors were circulating that Ragsdale (Jamestown, NC) tailback Toney Baker may have a decision date in mind. Those rumors have some validity, as Baker is considering announcing his decision at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in January of 2005.
“That’s a possibility,” Baker said. “It just depends on how I feel. It would be pretty nice to do that if I’m ready.”
In the meantime, Baker is busy deciding which schools he will choose to make official visits to. It’s possible that the all-star tailback may not take all 5 official visits.
“I’m thinking about just taking 3 official visits if I can get it down to 3,” Baker said. “If I need to take all 5 though, then I don’t have a problem doing that.”
In terms of when he will make official visits, it appears at least one will take place this Fall.
“I’m going to take 1 official visit in November,” Baker said. “I’m not sure who it will be right now, but it will probably be one of my top 5 (of North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia or Virginia Tech). I’m not quite sure when it will be. I’ll have to sit around and talk with my Dad about it.”
Baker has been busy making unofficial visits over the past few weeks. Most recently he attended the N.C. State at Virginia Tech game in Blacksburg this past weekend.
“It was a good trip,” Baker said. “I enjoyed it. Virginia Tech has great fans. They are smart there. They were going crazy when the defense was out there and you can hear a pin drop when the offense was out there.”
The trip was Baker’s first time to really get a good feel for Virginia Tech. He attended the Nike Camp in Blacksburg before his junior season but didn’t get a chance to see much on that trip.
“It was really my first time looking at the school,” Baker said. “We looked at the facilities and then went to the game. It helped me learn about them big time. I learned how they utilize their running backs. They do a pretty good job. It looks like they might need a top back there to, so it might be a good situation.”
Baker says he’s not sure where Tech stands with him following the visit, “because I haven’t seen enough of some other schools.”
Baker will next visit N.C. State this weekend for the home game versus Wake Forest. He talked about N.C. State’s...
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