It seems that most people think that the large high schools are supposed to produce all the big time prospects. Many of those same people question whether kids from smaller high schools are legit.
Columbus (Ga.) Pacelli is a small, private catholic school in extreme west Georgia, but there are four Division I prospects on the roster, three of which already have at least three scholarship offers a piece. One of these prospects is 6-foot-1, 215-pound outside linebacker Kalvin Baker.
“I knew coach Ron Zook from Florida was coming by today, but I wasn’t able to talk to him,” said Baker.
“Right after he left me and Matt Dunham and Mike Harness went down and talked to our coach, coach Pettis and he handed us a written scholarship offer from Florida that coach Zook had left with him.”
Baker, who runs the forty yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has a 330-pound bench press, squats 500 pounds and has a 31-inch vertical jump.
“Georgia Tech also offered in writing recently. Before that Maryland had offered so now I am up to three offers. Coach Pettis that when coach Zook came in he watched film and said he was offering.”
As a defensive end for Pacelli Baker racked up 120 tackles and 29 sacks earning All-state honors and the region player of the year honor.
“Right now Georgia Tech and Florida are my top two schools. I’m also looking really hard at Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Maryland, Alabama and Kentucky. I want to do some visiting before I make any kind of decision.”
Already this spring Baker has been busy burning up the roads checking out various college programs.
“I have visited Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State and Kentucky. All of the visits so far have been really nice, but I don’t know if one of them stands out over all the rest of them.”