Cleveland Heights (Ohio) three-star wide receiver Dorian Baker has hit double-digits on college scholarship offers, with a recent tender from Illinois helping him get there.
"I came from a camp there the other day," Baker said. "After I camped with Illinois they said they had been watching me and were really feeling me. They called me three days later and told me I have an offer."
Baker was on Illinois' campus this past Saturday. The trip also gave him a chance to check out aspects of the Illini's campus and program.
"I didn't get to see the campus as much, but when I walked through the stadium it was wonderful," Baker said. "When I drove up to the campus it was a beautiful site… one of the best I'd ever seen so far. The coaches were nice and I met a couple players who were cool."
The Illinois camp was part of a three-school tour Baker took with his Cleveland Heights teammates that also included stops at Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Indiana had previously offered Baker and the trip gave him his first chance to see their Bloomington campus.
"Indiana was mind-blowing," Baker said. "I didn't expect that much from Indiana. It was a great experience. I am really liking Indiana.
"I liked the coaches. When I was there, they made it feel like home, like I was a part of something. They are father figure-type coaches and that's what I am looking for."
The recent camp tour is just the beginning of Baker's summer plans. He is currently planning out trips to several more college programs to take part in camps.
"I am going to try to hit up some Florida camps - maybe Florida and Florida State. I am going to try to hit up the Tennessee camp and I am definitely going to the Ohio State Friday Night Lights camp, the West Virginia camp and the UK camp I am going to on July 19."
Baker does not yet hold offers from any of the schools he plans to camp at later this summer, but he has been in close contact with several. Kentucky, in particular, has shown strong interest in the 6-foot-3, 205-pound pass catcher.
"I have been talking to the tight ends coach [Vince Marrow]," Baker said. "He told me the last time I saw him that he was going to offer me, but he wants the coaches to have a first-hand look at me so I am going to go down to their camp and show out so I can get this offer."
Baker is in no rush to end his recruitment. He plans to take officials after his senior season and make his decision around Christmas-time.
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