February 28, 2013

A February to remember

February is home to some pretty notable events.

It is observed as Black History month, and it is home to both Presidents' Day and Valentines Day.

Marist defensive tackle Kendall Baker, however, will always remember it as a month where he raked in big offer after big offer.

"I won't be able to forget February," Baker said with a laugh. "Some of the top schools and schools I have been wanting offers from came through and gave me offers. I'm just grateful for all the things that have come my way and I'm happy to be where I am now. This month has just been overwhelming with all the opportunities."

One of those offers came on Thursday from Georgia, and running backs coach Bryan McClendon, who is the recruiter for a large portion of the Atlanta area, extended the opportunity to be a Bulldog to Baker.

"He (McClendon) just wanted me to break down my recruitment so he asked me about my top schools that I have the most interest in right now," he said. "He asked me about what schools have offered. I told him, and he said, 'Well now the University of Georgia, one of your top five schools, has offered you, too.'"

The Rivals250 prospect says that an offer from the Bulldogs is one that he was waiting on.

"It was a real nice experience to get an offer from Georgia, the in-state school," he said. "I grew up liking Georgia so it was nice to get the offer from them. My whole family likes Georgia and I'm excited about going to Athens and visiting with the coaches and building my relationship with the coaches."

One of the reasons Baker like the UGA program is because he believes the Mark Richt's team is headed in the right direction.

"The program is on the rise right now," Baker said when asked what he likes about the Georgia program. "They are recruiting the top recruits for their program to keep it on the rise like that. They were close to winning the SEC Championship this past year and probably would have won the National Championship if they had won that game against Alabama. It would have been a great experience. They are just working on keeping that program rising."

At this point in the process, the four-star standout says that he has no leaders and no team is standing out.

His plans for the immediate future have him taking as many visits as possible to figure all of that out.

"I'm supposed to be going to see Georgia during practices and stuff like that and meet up with all the coaches," he said. "I'm probably going to go to Auburn and see all their coaches. I'm definitely going to make it to Clemson. I just came back from Florida State a week ago, and hopefully I can get to the places that I want to get to. As of right now, that is about it. I haven't really thought about it that much."

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