After Baker committed, he told Dawgs247, "I got recruited as a defensive lineman going to Georgia, but if they ask me to play offense, that's fine with me." When asked why he chose Georgia: "It's like a pride thing...getting out there, playing for my home state. I've been here all my life. I was born and raised here, and now getting the chance to represent them feels good." Sounds like this kid just wants to contribute where his skill-sets best fit and is open to any possibilities. Sounds to me like Baker will be a pleasure to coach. This attitude is one of the reasons he's already one of my favorite recruits.
At 6 foot, 6 inches tall and probably still growing a bit, I think he'll continue to add on some height and may be a bit too "lengthy" to put his hands down and get the type of pad level required for maximum leverage on the defensive line - although he's athletic enough to learn the technique. I think this kid is going to play tackle at some point because of his tremendous wing span and his lower body strength. A year in the weight room should pay dividends in the not-so-distant future. Baker's greatest natural assets are his frame and his quick feet. He'll need to work on quickness, but I like his upside on offense.
It's a pride thing...playing for my home state...and now getting a chance to represent them feels good.
Two of the three major recruiting services rate Baker as a 4-Star, with the other lists him as a 3-Star. Georgia beat out Auburn and Florida State, among others, for his commitment.
Welcome, Kendall Baker. GATA!