Varsity Preps

3 Star WR Dorian Baker Commits to Kentucky

Yahtzee! It looks like Mark Stoops and Kentucky’s staff are at it again in the Buckeye State, this time snagging highly touted Receiver Dorian Baker. Baker, a high 3 Star prospect, decided to attend the University of Kentucky over schools such as Pittsburgh, Illinois, and Vanderbilt. ranks Baker as the 53rd best Wide Receiver in the Class of 2014 and the 20th overall prospect from Ohio. There were rumors and speculation behind the scenes that Baker was one of the final pieces to Kentucky’s stellar Recruiting Class months ago, but it became official this afternoon.

Baker’s commitment gave the Kentucky staff a sigh of relief, as they know they just struck gold. Baker received an offer from the Wildcats in July after one of Kentucky’s summer camps where he absolutely destroyed competition. The coaching staff couldn’t help but watch in shock of how unbelievable Baker was compared to other top receivers, which resulted in an offer on the spot.

Mark Stoops and his staff had a few priorities coming into this 2014 Recruiting Class, most of which have been fulfilled. The number one priority was to sign a top Quarterback, which turned out to be 4 Star Drew Barker. Number two was to bring in someone for Barker to throw to. Not only have they found someone, Stoops has brought in five top Receivers for Barker to work with. Each Receiver is unique in their own way, and Baker is no different.

Baker has the size and speed to create mismatches with most Defensive Backs. Baker is a tall receiver, coming in at 6’3, 205 lbs, which gives him the advantage on jump balls against shorter defenders. Along with his size, what separated him at Kentucky’s camp this summer that resulted in an immediate offer by the Coaching Staff were his hands and his leaping ability. According to camp reports, Baker was able to catch anything thrown his way, no matter how inaccurate or out of reach the pass was. Drew Barker recently came out and spoke his excitement on his new target, saying that he was the most underrated WR prospect in the Class of 2014. You can definitely his reasoning to that statement here:

One of the issues in recent years for Kentucky Quarterbacks have been that they have no one to throw the ball to. There hasn’t been a guy since Randall Cobb that the QB could always rely on to make the big play, or the game winning catch. There has always been question as soon as the ball was in the air whether or not the result of the play would be positive. At this point in time, I honestly don’t see why not.

With talented prospects such as Thaddeus Snodgrass, Blake Bone, T.V. Williams, Garrett Johnson, and now Dorian Baker coming in, Kentucky fans should definitely be excited for the next generation Air Raid offense headed to the Bluegrass. This season has been a work in progress, mostly due to the fact that there has been no definite Quarterback under center. When Drew Barker comes in and gets firing on all cylinders, expect to see some points on the board coming in at a fast pace. Kentucky has weapons to succeed in the near future, and they are itching to come in and get to work.

Mark Stoops and staff are ready to show off his prized prospects in the coming years, and we’ll be here along the way at Varsity Preps!



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