Four-star strongside defensive end / tight end prospect Ryan Baker from Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard returned home Moday afternoon from his fourth official visit and as in his previous three, had a very good experience. The 6-foot-6, 225 pound athlete with a 4.8 second 40-yard dash time is in the process of deciding where to take his fifth and final visit before deciding where he will spend his college days.
Ryan went to Boston College over the weekend and had a very good trip.
"It was great," he commented. "I mean it was awesome. The academics are great, and they have a really good d-line.
"There are good people there. Coach Horton is recruiting me, and he is a great guy. I like Coach Willis a lot, too. He is interesting."
Ryan was hosted by freshman Jim Marten, but also spent time with sophomore Mathias Kiwanuka and sophomore Jeremy Trueblood, all Indianapolis natives.
Baker has already visited Purdue (Oct. 3), Oklahoma (Oct. 17), and Michigan (Nov. 24) and is trying to decide where to take his last trip. It will most likely come down to Stanford, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or Florida, although Notre Dame still stands a chance if only one thing would happen.
"They haven't offered yet, so they are pretty much off my list," he explained. "They could get back on if they offered though." Florida is the team that he has chosen to take the fighting Irish's place in his top eight.
Although he has taken four visits, Ryan is really not sure how they compare at this point.
"I would rate the trip to Boston College a nine, but as far as ranking them, I can't do that yet," he said. "I still have to sit down and anaylize it. I just got back at two today." He said he wants to make a decision as soon as possible, but has not set a timeframe at this point.
Rated the No. 13 strongside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 2 prospect in Indiana, Baker has started at both defensive end and tight end since his freshman season. He was an all-state selection last season, after recording 56 tackles (15 for loss) and seven sacks. He will have no problems qualifying academically with a 3.5 GPA and a 900 on the SAT.