Will Georgia Hold Lead over SEC, ACC Powers for Versatile 4-Star Kendall Baker?
Baker is a very versatile recruit, and he's one of the better prospects from the state of Georgia in 2014. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 23 player from the state of Georgia.
He's ranked as an offensive tackle by 247Sports but he can also play defensive line. He has the size for either side of the ball, checking in at 6'6" and 275 pounds. According to a video interview he did with Chad Simmons of Rivals.com, he prefers to play defensive line (though he can play both), and Georgia is indeed the leader for his commitment right now.
In his interview with Simmons, Baker mentioned that Georgia is the top team right now because the Bulldogs are pitching him the opportunity to start as a true freshman and play either of the down lineman positions in the 3-4 scheme.
His height and size will allow him to command two gaps as a 3-4 defensive end on either side of the line, and if he bulked up a bit more he could be a quicker and more agile 0-technique in Georgia's scheme. Come 2014, the Bulldogs will have a need on the d-line as far as the rotation is concerned, and at the very least Baker could put himself in position to compete for a starting gig. Most likely in my estimation, he would be the most effective at defensive end.
Will Georgia keep the lead for Baker?
That said, he can stay in-state. Georgia is offering him playing time and the Bulldogs will be a national championship contender for the next few seasons. Also considering the need Georgia has to bring in highly-ranked in-state recruits, I can imagine the Bulldogs won't back down or let off on the recruiting trail.
The visits will make this interesting, but Georgia has a solid pitch and a considerable need.
Factoring all of that in, it's tough to see Georgia losing the lead here.
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