Four-star offensive guard Sam Baker (6-5, 305, 5.2) and his Tustin, Calif., teammates are off to a slow start. Tustin is currently 1-4 going into league play this Friday against Orange (Calif.) El Modena.
“We have been struggling,” Baker said. “When the offense is playing well, the defense is having problems and when the defense is outstanding it’s the offense that is slowing us down.”
“We had 12 turnovers in the first two games,” Baker said.
The teams that Tustin has lost to are very good. Tustin lost to Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill 25-23, Mission Viejo 17-0, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Hills 28-21 and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 28-7.
Baker was very impressed by Servite. “Servite was the best team we played all year,” Baker said.
Tustin’s lone win was against Anaheim (Calif.) Western 28-21.
Though Baker is a standout guard and that is the position that he will play on the next level, he is playing both ways for Tustin this season. Baker is a superb athlete and that is one of the reasons he so sought after. In his first start last Friday, Baker racked up seven tackles Mission Viejo. He has picked up eight other tackles in spot duty.
On the offensive side of the ball Baker is playing outstanding football.
Baker has great athletic ability for a big man. It is tough for a guy his size to do the things he does.
Baker has 17 offers and has a top five of USC, Florida, Ohio State, Washington and Oregon.
What does Baker like about his top five?
USC – “I like the coaching staff and their attitude about football and winning.”
Florida – “Florida is a big time program even though they are struggling this season. They are still a top notch program.”
Ohio State – “I love the way the Buckeyes play power football and their guards pull a lot.”
Oregon – “I have always liked Oregon and one of our guys (Cory Chambers) went there.”
Washington – “I just like head coach Rick Neuhiesel and the direction of the program.”
Baker told Rivals100 West that USC, Ohio State and Florida are a step ahead of the rest.