Even though Tustin is still playing in the California state playoffs, offensive lineman Sam Baker is expanding his view on recruiting. With all the attention that he is receiving from coaches around the country, it would be difficult to stop from looking ahead towards recruitment.
“Oregon and Ohio State have been by the last two nights,” Baker, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive guard that is ranked at No. 4 at his position, said. “Washington is coming by the high school (today), and Arizona State is coming on Thursday.”
Despite a tough 7-5 regular season, Baker and Tustin have marched into the semifinal round of the state playoffs. The winning is undoubtedly exciting, but it is wreaking havoc on his visit list.
“I’ve rescheduled Ohio State to the first week of January,” Baker said. “I was supposed to go there this weekend, but we are playing. I can still make my Oregon visit (the weekend of the 13th) because we play on Friday if we make the state championship game.
“I also have scheduled a visit to Nebraska the third weekend in January, and Florida sometime in late January.”
Where did previously unlisted Nebraska come from?
“Well, they just started recruiting me, and they said I should take a trip,” Baker said. “That seems like a good place to look at.”
For Baker, the trips could mean everything. Baker says he is wide open in recruiting right now, and is just looking for the right campus.
“The trips are so important, especially since the coaches keep talking about atmosphere,” he said. “Distance might be a bit of a factor, but it’s more important for me to find some place that feels like home than to actually be at home.”