Five-star offensive tackle Brandon Baker of Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei narrowed his list to five schools Sunday afternoon.
The 6-foot-5, 290 pounder is down to the following: Oregon, Nebraska, Florida State, Texas, and Ohio State.
The top offensive tackle will announce his college decision on September 24th.
Breaking down the finalists
Baker broke down what stands out about each of his top schools:
Oregon Ducks – It’s home away from home.
Nebraska Cornhuskers – I love the city of Lincoln & love what Coach Rhule’s all about.
Florida State Seminoles – Coach Norvell is all about business, he is all about that work. I love his mentality, & he’s showing it this season.
Texas Longhorns – Seen what coach Sark did at Alabama, I believe he’s gonna do something special. Coach Flood alongside him makes it 2x better.
Ohio State Buckeyes – They have a rich culture & tradition, reminds me a lot of Mater Dei. No question in my mind, Ohio State is A1 when it comes to development.
Brandon Baker Recruiting Profile
Baker ranks as the No. 23 player in the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He also tabs in as the No. 1 offensive tackle. and the No. 2 player in the state of California.
On3’s Scouting and Rankings team writes this about him as a prospect:
“High floor offensive tackle who is battle tested against top competition while playing at one of the nation’s top high school programs. Measured in at 6-foot-4.5, 300 pounds as a rising senior. Has good length for the position with a 34-inch arm. Lines up at right tackle for powerhouse program Mater Dei. Technically advanced and proficient as a run blocker. Understands technique, angles and hand placement. Shows developed footwork as a puller when working to the second level. Keeps his feet moving and uses his size and strength to create a push. Further along as a run blocker than pass protector at this stage but has the ability to improve on that front. Has a tendency to lunge at times in pass protection. Not overly flashy from an athletic standpoint and can continue to improve his lower body flexibility. Projects as a steady, safe offensive tackle prospect who could potentially play multiple spots on an offensive line.”
He currently has an On3 NIL Valuation of $212K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.