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Nebraska offered 3-star ATH Justin Baker out of Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, on Friday, March 1. It was Baker’s first Big Ten offer. The speedy offensive player is also part of the very talented FSP 7 on 7 squad.
I spoke to Baker on Thursday about his recruitment, excitement about the Huskers and plenty more. I decided to provide the full question and answer from our chat, because there’s a lot to like in Baker’s answers.
Husker fans should keep Baker in mind as the type of player that could fit the “Duck-R” role in Coach Scot Frost‘s offense. His film is electric and the Huskers would do well to get him on campus this spring or summer.
What did you think when you first got the offer?
“I was super excited because Nebraska is such a big-time program in the past. They got Coach Frost there and he’s done great things that people are talking about. It was just super exciting to get offered by a big-time program.”
How much contact had you had with them before you got the offer?
“Not too much, a couple of coaches followed me on Twitter. Then a couple days later I got the offer.”
Have you talked much with them since getting the offer?
“Yes, I’ve texted back and forth with Coach Walters and we get on the phone sometimes. I just got on the phone with Coach Frost a couple days ago. It was super cool [talking to Frost], he told me that day that he would call me after school. I was looking him up to see his resume and seeing all the things he’s done and everything he knows. That was cool.”
How has the relationship built with Walters so far?
“It’s been super cool ‘cause he was such a great player. He’s similar to me in size and the position that I want to play. I can see he did a great job in college and went on to the NFL and had a good career. That’s where I’m trying to get to so it’s cool knowing he’s already done it.”
What do you think about the offense and how it fits your game?
“I think the offense is perfect, they use a lot of slot type receivers and running backs. The smaller guys. They get the ball to their players and spread it around.”
Have you discussed coming out for a visit with your family?
“Yes, we’ve been talking. I’m trying to get down there with some of my other guys from FSP, like DJ Rogers and Ayden Hector. We are all trying to go down there at once. We are still trying to figure out the details because I really want to get out there.”
What other schools are you looking at right now?
“Cal, Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado. So basically, the Pac-12 offers that I have.”
What are you looking for most in a school?
“I want a school with a bonding culture. That also has a really good fan base and a great coaching staff.”
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.