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Baxter up to half a dozen offers

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Though teammates Ricardo Williams and Chavis Akins receive more publicity, Homestead, Fla. defensive back Keith Baxter is a top prospect in his own right. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defender is one of the anchors of a very stout Bronco defense.
As college recruiters made their way by the school this spring, Baxter was hard for them to miss. During the evaluation period, he picked up half a dozen scholarship offers.
"I have offers from Kansas State, Syracuse, Marshall, Memphis, New Mexico and FIU," Baxter said. "I'm also hearing a lot from Florida State and West Virginia."
Baxter has visited one campus this summer and could be making a return trip soon.
"I've already been to FSU this summer," he said. "Chavis Akins and I went up there. I was hurt so I just watched but Chavis worked out with the linemen. I just paid attention to the defensive back drills.
"We're supposed to go back on (July) 24, but I'm not sure because Friday Night Lights (at Florida) is the day before that and Chavis, Ricardo and I are supposed to be going there too."
Though he was unable to work out at the Seminoles' previous camp, Baxter could still see an offer from the in-state program.
"They want me to come back and work out," he said of Florida State. "They want to see how I react to the coaches and see if I can play for them. If I do well, they said that I could end up getting an offer."
Though he says he has no favorites, Baxter does admit to talking more frequently with a few schools.
"Not right now," he said of schools standing out. "I'm still looking at everybody. I keep in contact with the coaches at Kansas State, Florida State, Syracuse and Marshall the most."
Baxter's versatility in the defensive backfield is one of his biggest assets. He has the ability to play all four positions and even college coaches differ on where he would best fit.
"A few of them are looking at me to play safety and some of them are looking at me to play cornerback," he said. "I play both for my school. I feel more comfortable at, probably cornerback. Safety is a little bit more fun because I get to do more things. I think I like safety a little bit better than corner sometimes. I'll play either one, though."
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