Alabama wide receiver and Ole Miss transfer target Javon Baker to visit this weekend
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Alabama wide receiver and Ole Miss transfer target Javon Baker to visit this weekend

Zach Berry2 days
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On Friday, Alabama wide receiver Javon Baker entered the transfer portal. The former On3 top-250 recruit from Powder Springs, Ga., played two seasons in Tuscaloosa, hauling in just nine receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Ben Garrett of the OMSpirit reported late Friday afternoon that Ole Miss and head coach Lane Kiffin were interested and pursuing the former four-star from McEachern High School.

And now, sources tell OMSpirit that Baker is now scheduled to take an official visit to Oxford, Miss., on Sunday to meet with the Ole Miss staff and get a feel for the campus. He will be joining USC transfers Jaxson Dart and Michael Trigg, as well as Oregon transfer DJ James.

The Rebels are looking to replace their top three pass-catchers after a 10-3 season and a berth in the 2022 Sugar Bowl. Dontario Drummond, Jahcour Pearson and Braylon Sanders are all gone and their 126 receptions, 1,969 yards and 12 touchdowns are leaving with them.

Ole Miss is hoping that a receiver like Baker could go along nicely with returning receivers Jonathan Mingo, Jalen Knox and Dannis Jackson.

The former MVP at Nike’s The Opening has yet to truly showcase his skill set at the college level after falling behind in the Crimson Tide’s depth chart. But the skill set is there. The 6-foot-2, 206 pound receiver was named to the All-American Bowl East team after a stellar senior season where he made 58 catches for 629 yards and 11 touchdowns.

It is a bit of a risk since the track record is quite brief, but Ole Miss could certainly roll the dice on a receiver Alabama signed over Florida, Michigan and Ohio State.