Get Your Orange Bowl Gear Here!
"Primetime" will visit Clemson this weekend


  by - Senior Writer - Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:07 PM
    |

Florida St. commitment and 3-star defensive back Adrian "Primetime" Baker will be on Clemson’s campus Friday thru Sunday as he tries to find the campus he feels like is the best place to spend his collegiate years.

Baker is out of Hollywood (FL) Chaminade Madonna and was visited this week by Clemson defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
View Full Profile
, who spent an hour telling him about the Clemson program and how he would use Baker next season.

The result is that Baker will be in Clemson for an official visit this weekend.

“I leave tomorrow [Friday] morning at 9 a.m., and I am bringing my grandmother,” Baker told TigerNet Thursday. “I’ve never been to Clemson, and I want to get there and see if I can see myself living there for four years and becoming a better athlete and student.”

Baker said that Venables has told him that he has a chance to make an early impact on a Clemson secondary that struggled this season.

“He told me that they need defensive backs, and he thinks I can come in and make an instant impact,” Baker said. “We talked about Coach [Dabo] Swinney and his philosophy, and he told me that I can have an impact on a winning program with lots of tradition and a program that is headed in the right direction. I think I could come and make plays in the secondary.”

He was also visited by Oklahoma’s Mike Stoops after Venables left, and he said that Oklahoma is recruiting him as an athlete. He hopes to visit Norman next weekend.

“Oklahoma is saying a lot of the same things that Clemson is saying,” he said. “They told me that I can come in and play right away. They also told me that they play in a conference that plays at a high level, and they know I can make an impact.”

Baker said he isn’t sure where he stands with his commitment to the Seminoles, especially after defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left FSU to take the head coaching job at Kentucky.

“Honestly, I haven’t really answered questions about my commitment because I just don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know what they are doing with that open defensive coordinator position. I want to see what they do there.”

As a junior, Baker had 38 tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He said he likes to make plays like his idol, Deion Sanders.

“Lots of people say I am like Deion or Antonio Cromartie,” he said. “Those are the main two. With Deion, he made big plays and he used his speed. He had speed and every time he touched the ball he had something happen. I think I can have that kind of splash and playmaking ability.”


Rate this Story:
4 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    Final Spring Game Thoughts - 1 week ago
    The Chad Kelly benching incident caused most to overlook a lot of the good things we saw during the Spring Game especially on the defensive side of the ball. Full Story »
  •  
    Venables pleased with the effort of the defense Saturday - 1 week ago
    Defensive coordinator Brent Venables admitted Saturday that he liked some of the things he saw out of his defense Saturday, but also said he thinks a summer of work and film study can make the group even better. Full Story »
  •  
    Smith and Venables: a match made in heaven - 2 weeks ago
    It was the relationship that Chad Smith forged with Venables during a high school camp, the similarities between their personalities and the value Clemson places on family that led the Sterling (VA) Dominion outside linebacker to commit to Clemson Thursday afternoon. Full Story »
  •  
    Venables rips defense after lackluster Wednesday practice - 2 weeks ago
    Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was irate following Wednesday's practice, a practice that he felt was subpar for his veteran unit. What did he have to say about the practice? What else was on his mind? Full Story »
  •  
    Friday was all about the defense - 3 weeks ago
    News and notes following Friday's practice and interview session with Brent Venables. What does he say about the defensive line? What does he say about Ben Boulware and the other young players? Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Signup for Alerts: