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Miami Northwestern CB Holds Offer from Clemson

2015 Watch List CB Deandre Baker (6’0, 175, 4.48) of Miami Northwestern holds verbal offers from Clemson, UtahWestern Kentucky, and FIU. He’s also hearing from LouisvilleCincinnatiGeorgiaMississippi St.South Florida, and Florida St.

The talented junior corner spoke about his offer from Clemson, who’s headed to the Orange Bowl to play Ohio St. next month.

“Last summer, I started working at corner instead of receiver at the FSU camp and got some positive feedback. When I attended a Clemson camp later, the staff told me they liked me better on defense, so I made the switch,” he said.

“In our game against St. Thomas this season, I held WR Devante Peete to one catch that game. My performance caught the attention of the college coaches in attendance and that’s when things started to pick up for me in recruiting. I got the offer from Clemson after my first game playing defensive back, so I’m definitely excited to have that offer.”

In Northwestern’s matchup against Norland, Baker says he shutdown 6’6 WR Kendrick Edwards, allowing no receptions.

“I shut him out, so I feel like that solidified all the interest I’m getting now.”

Baker talked about a few of the programs recruiting him.

“My coach told the South Florida staff they should take a look at me, so they evaluated my film and liked it. After speaking with my coach about USF, all I need now are my test scores, so I feel like they might be close to offering.

Louisville was in attendance for our game against Central. I had one interception and a few pass deflections. My coach told me that they want my transcripts now.

“The Georgia Bulldogs started to recruit me after I attended one of their camps. I ran the 4.48 there and after workouts the coaches said they liked me.”

Next season, he will line up at wideout and corner, and plans to return kicks and punts.

Over the offseason, he’ll run the 100M, 200M, and 400M in track. His personal best in the 100M is 10.7 seconds. Baker will concentrate on working hard in the weight room, improving his footwork, and plans on attending camps at FSUClemsonGeorgiaOle Miss, and USC, and will try out for South Florida Express 7-on-7 team.

Northwestern’s confident, physical corner talked about the best aspects of his game.

“I think my size and speed gives me natural advantages,” he said. “I feel I’m a fast, tough corner, and even though I made a little noise this season, I just have to improve my technique. Once I get that part down, I feel that I’ll be unstoppable.”

Baker talked about what will be most important to him as he decides on a program to play for in college.

“There are a few factors that will carry the most weight. I want to go to a university that has a reputable law program and where I can contribute as a freshman,” he said. “I’m willing to play anywhere, so being close to home isn’t important.”

Baker remains in contact with Artie Burns, a former Northwestern Bulls and current Miami Hurricanes corner. He shared some things Burns is telling him.

“We grew up with each other, we know each other well. He tells me to stay focused and keep working hard. He also says that if I have the work ethic to match my talent, I can be really good. I’m definitely going that extra mile and working harder than I have before.”

– Michael Bradley

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