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Baker has five top schools

Mike Baker had a big junior season and now the Fresno (Calif.) Central East pro-style quarterback has a top five list and is looking for some more offers.
San Diego State, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and UCLA are the top five for Baker, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect who threw for 2,651 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in his junior season.
The Aztecs were the first to offer but Baker might be close to a few more. He isn't looking to commit right away but if the right offer comes the Fresno standout said he could end things if he feels comfortable.
Baker played with Oregon signee B.J. Kelley at Central East this past season and Brendon Bigelow was supposed to be the team's star running back but he got injured.
"If it's one of my top five and they offer me soon then I would commit but if not I'm just going to let the process keep going and then pick the best school at the end," Baker said.
Washington is pushing for a visit and Utah has been consistently talking to Baker, who said running backs coach Aaron Alford and he talk regularly.
"Utah is (sticking out)," Baker said. "I talk to coach Alford from Utah almost every night. Coach Alford and Norm Chow were supposed to visit but coach Chow had to stay. They're going to be coming to my school but coach Alford was talking about my tape and said they really like me.
"I'm going to try to get up to Washington as soon as I can but right now I'm doing baseball so I'm trying to make my plans around baseball now. Coach (Doug) Nussmeier told me to promise not to commit anywhere until I visit Washington. A lot of colleges want me to visit their campus before they offer."
Miami and Tennessee are also showing interest. Texas is also high on Baker's list because he saw the campus while in the state to try out for the Team USA vs. The World event.
At this point in his recruitment, Baker is looking at his options, waiting to take more visits, waiting for more offers and then he could be ready to make his decision if the right school gets more involved.
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