Samuel Baker has 17 offers, but the offensive lineman from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut Academy is ready to start looking at a smaller group.
To that end, on Sunday he announced a top seven.
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“I’m just narrowing down my options and really focusing on who’s for me,” Baker told Panther-Lair.com. “These are the seven that have talked to me the most, the schools I’m interested in and feel like I could fit in at.
“I’m trying to make the decision that’s right for me. I just want to weigh them out and see who fits best.”
While Baker has a few common elements he sees as being attractive in all seven schools, they each have something going for them that makes the unique.
“At Pitt, it’s the competition and who they play, what they can offer me football-wise,” he said. “I believe I can play with the big boys, and that’s what makes them stick out with them being in the ACC. It’s kind of the same with Kentucky being in the SEC.
“With Wake Forest and Indiana, it’s what they offer me academics-wise. I’m really, really excited about those schools and what they can do for me. Plus, I can play in a great conference if I go to one of them with the ACC and the Big Ten.
“At Tulane and MTSU, I have a chance to develop and play early. And Toledo makes me feel the most wanted. They’re really genuine and it’s like family there. I talk to all the coaches and they’ve contacted me the most.”
Of those seven schools, Baker has only visited Indiana. His brother, Delroy, is a redshirt junior offensive lineman for the Hoosiers, so Baker has been to Bloomington a few times. He hopes to make at least one more visit this summer before scheduling official visits.
“I’m looking into flights and tickets,” Baker said. “I want to visit the schools that are showing the most love, so I know I want to go to Toledo this summer if I can.”
Baker, 6’4” 285, also said he stays in contact with Pitt linebackers coach Rob Harley.
“He wanted me to come to the camp they had at Florida but I couldn’t make it,” he said. “I probably hear from him about once a week.”