For more than a year running back Toney Baker has been in the recruiting spotlight as one of the top players in the nation. Has anything changed in recent weeks with regards to his favorites?
The 5-foot-10, 218-pound running back from Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and has a remarkable combination of speed, strength and endurance. He's the type of player that gets stronger as a game goes on, and he takes the heart out of a defense with all the tackles he breaks.
Baker also possesses tremendous vision, seeing what's going on all over the field. Is any school in the lead in the race to land his services?
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"No, I'm still looking at a few schools," said Baker. "If I had to guess I'd still say that I'm going to stay close to home. My five favorites are NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. I'm also hearing from Nebraska and a lot of other big-name schools. But right now those are the five I'm really focusing on. They're all close to home and I think I could be successful in the type of offense they each run."
What has Baker been up to this summer?
"Not too much really, just taking it easy. I'm not visiting schools or camping or anything like that. I should be taking official visits in the fall or winter, but I didn't really need to go out and try to get more exposure this summer. I'm just ready for the season to start. I can't wait to get on the field again," he laughed.
As a junior Baker rushed for 3,411 yards and 41 touchdowns en route to all-state honors.