In the 2012 class Florida signed two cornerbacks and the Gators are looking to add to that in the 2013 class.
On Monday morning, the Gators offered Hollywood, Fla., cornerback Adrian Baker.
“(Assistant) coach (Aubrey) Hill called my coach and told him about the offer,” Baker said. “I’m going to call them back tonight to talk to them more about it.”
Hill has been in constant contact with the 6-foot-1, 168-pound Baker but this offer caught Baker by surprise to some extent.
“Me and coach Hill talk a lot and we have a good relationship with each other,” Baker said. “I was kind of expecting an offer, but I thought it would come much later in the process.”
Florida’s tradition of having a winning program is one thing that makes this offer so special to Baker, he said. That puts Florida among the early leaders for the Chaminade-Madonna College Prep prospect’s signature. He said he’s “proud” on the offer and that it puts Florida in his “Top 3,” although he didn’t name the other two schools among his three favorites.
Florida coach Will Muschamp is known around the country as wanting physical defensive backs, which is something that stands out to Baker.
“I like the cover and zone schemes Florida runs,” Baker said. “The defensive backs can play aggressive and read the quarterbacks intentions and jump routes.”
Baker admits that he doesn’t know a whole lot about the Gators’ program, but he intends to change that soon with a trip to Gainesville.
“Before the offer came I planned on going up in the summer,” Baker said. “ So I will probably visit this summer if not before so I can meet everyone and learn more about Florida.”
This past season, Baker had 21 tackles and four interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He was named to the All-Broward County first team by the Miami Herald for his play last season.