July 9, 2004

Commitment will be camping this weekend

While Columbus (Ga.) Pacelli linebacker Kalvin Baker ended his own recruiting process back in April with his commitment to the Florida Gators - he'll once again jump back into the fray this weekend at the Gators' Rising Senior Camp.

"I'm going to have a good time for myself and try to help encourage other players to come to Florida too. I want to represent the Gators while I'm there, spread the word around," Baker told InsidetheGators.net. "We need to sign a great class to keep the tradition going."

Baker was under the impression that if he committed early, that would take him off the market and the recruiting efforts of other colleges would cease and desist so to speak.

Wrong assumption on his part.

"A lot of them are still recruiting me. Schools like Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Tennessee send stuff all the time. I got a lot more offers since I committed. I don't talk to any of them I told my coach to tell them that I'm going to stay with Florida."

While one of his teammates, quarterback Johnathan Vogler, will join him at Florida this weekend, Matt Dunham (Seminole commitment who visited Gainesville with Baker) was considering it, but will instead camp at Florida State.

According to Baker, Dunham and Mike Harness (Auburn) are both firm in their commitments also.

"We all joke around with each other like me and Matt (Dunham) will joke around about he should come with me and then I should go with him. Then we joke about beating beating each other when we play. I think we're all three happy with where we're going."

He reports that he has spent his summer working out - improving his bench press to 405 pounds and his squat to 600.

At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds he runs the forty in the 4.5 to 4.6 range. He used that speed to record 29 sacks his junior season - 4 shy of the state record.


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