It's been a hard luck season for Rocklin (Calif.) two way lineman Chase Baker. Baker tore his ACL last April playing in a rugby tournament and just when he thought he was on the verge of getting back on the field this season, disaster struck again.
Baker, 6-2, 260 pounds had a huge junior season earning 1st team all-league honors as an offensive guard, league defensive lineman of the year, and 2nd team all-state underclass as a multi-purpose player. He was poised for a monster senior season but while playing in a Rugby tournament over seas in England, Baker tore his knee and missed all of the summer camps and combines.
"My recovery was coming along really well," Baker said. "I was pretty far ahead of schedule and my doctor had just cleared me to start practicing. Then last week, I was tackling someone and the angle and force that he landed on my knee did something to me ACL. It's not a 100% sure that's it my ACL but there is a good chance it is. I just had an MRI the other day and I have an appointment to have it read later in the week."
In the meantime, Baker took an official visit to Boise State two weeks ago and committed to the Broncos on the visit.
"It's a little complicating," Baker said. "The commitment depends slightly on whether I will come back if it's another ACL tear. That won't be a problem though because I know I'll be back. They just want to make sure it's not something permanent. I really liked Boise State a lot and got along well with all the coaches there. It's a little confusing right now in terms of my commitment being somewhat conditional but I think everything is going to work out for the best in the end."