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Baker hopes to hear from new staff

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The old Fresno State coaching staff wasn't interested in recruiting three-star pro-style quarterback Mike Baker but now that they've been replaced the Fresno (Calif.) Central East standout hopes things are different.
Baker, who shined in the Cal State Game Friday, made it clear that he'd like to stay close to home and that Fresno State would be a great fit.
"I really want to talk to the Fresno State coach because I would stay in the valley," Baker said.
"That was a good thing to me (that the old staff is no longer there). The other guys that were here didn't want to recruit the valley hard so I hope (new coach Tim DeRuyter) does and comes talk to me. I would like to stay in the valley if I could and to play football here.
"I was thinking about it, I was talking to my dad, it wasn't something they wanted but they're gone and now I hope the guys that come in can come recruit me."
Baker, rated No. 26 at pro-style quarterback in the 2012 class and No. 70 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, took an official visit to Eastern Michigan and will consider that program but wants to see what Fresno State does first.
"I took my official out to Eastern Michigan and I'm just going to let the recruiting process play out a little longer and I'll make my decision a little later," Baker said.
"I went out there to see how it was because I was never on that side of the country. The whole atmosphere was different when I got there. It's something to think about it and I am thinking about it but I might want something else."
In his senior season, Baker threw for 2,436 yards with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
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