Adrian Baker Decommits from Florida State: Is Clemson Now Leader for 4-Star?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star athlete Adrian Baker has decommitted from the Florida State Seminoles, which could end up being very good news for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.

Bob Przybylo of reports on the decommitment:

ESPN 300 athlete Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) confirmed Monday morning via text message he has decommitted from Florida State.

Baker, who is 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds and No. 198 in the ESPN 300, has taken official visits to Clemson and Oklahoma the last two weekends.

Przybylo then reported that Clemson appears to be the new leader for the 6'1'', 165-pound athlete from Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Florida:

After being quiet following his OU trip Sunday, Baker broke his silence with the news of his decommitment. He said his decision is going to come on national signing day and Clemson is the early favorite at this point.

247Sports has Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida State listed as his current top four, but for all intents and purposes, at least according to Przybylo, Clemson appears to have the inside track.

What does this mean for the Tigers?

The good news is: Things seem to be looking up from a recruiting standpoint. Since losing the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, Clemson recruiting has been rather abysmal.

When Nkemdiche left Clemson he took a ton of momentum with him, and Clemson went from having one of the more exciting recruiting classes in the country to one of the more pedestrian. Clemson also lost Nkemdiche's friend, 3-star cornerback David Kamara, and dropped the commitment of 4-star defensive end Elijah Daniel.

4-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson flipping to Florida last week seemed to be another bit of bad news, but today we learned that he re-committed to Clemson. Now, with the news of Baker decommitting from Florida State and having the Tigers high on his interest list, it seems as if Clemson recruiting is in for another hot streak.

Frankly, it's not all that surprising. Swinney is known as one of the better recruiters in college football, and Clemson does have a lot to offer recruits. Whether it be the fan base, the football atmosphere, the jerseys or the chance to legitimately compete in the ACC—there is a lot to like about Clemson if you're an elite recruit.

Clemson's draw was enough to get Robinson to flip back, and at least for now, it appears as if it's enough to consider the Tigers the leader for newly uncommited Baker as well.

It will find some tough competition in Georgia, Oklahoma and even Florida State. But for now, it's safe to say that Clemson is the leader for the 4-star athlete.

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