Running back Jared Baker (5-9, 185, 4.4) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola had large shoes to fill when four-star athlete prospect and UCLA bound Anthony Barr fell to a season ending injury. Baker was outstanding. As Loyola's legendary coach Steve Grady said about Baker, "little did we know, Jared was going to bring his own shoes."
After stepping in for the Barr, Baker's performance saw him earn his league's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing 1,458 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
The scouting report on Baker is he's a very explosive and elusive running back who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. It has been said about Baker that is like lightning about to strike because of his burst. Though Loyola didn't throw the ball to their backs much, he has good hands out of the backfield. Not only does Baker have speed, but he is physical and can get you the tough yard.
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Baker is an outstanding track athlete, too as was league 100 meter champion as a sophomore. Though he is a stellar track performer, he is a football player who runs track, not the other way around.
On the recruiting trail Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, and Washington have shown early interest.
What is Baker looking for in a college?
"I would like to go to a college within the region," Baker said. "I would like to attend a Pac 10 school.
"Academics will be an important consideration," Baker said. "The amount of academic programs the school has and nice the programs are.
At the current time, Baker is planning on taking in the NIKE Camp in Los Angeles and the Cal camp in June.
Baker also has D-I bloodlines, his father Ted Baker was a running back for the Oregon Ducks.
A hard worker in the weight room, Baker's current bench is 290 and squats 435. He is also good in the classroom and carries a 3.63 GPA at one of the most challenging academics high schools in Southern California.