UK Recruiting

'Barker to Baker' could ramp up Kentucky's Air Raid

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talked Wednesday about his highly rated recruiting class.
Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talked Wednesday about his highly rated recruiting class. Herald Leader

Dorian Baker is one of the many Ohio guys in Kentucky's class of 2014, so he didn't get to see the Super Bowl commercial featuring the program when it aired in Kentucky during halftime of the big game Sunday.

It didn't take long for the YouTube video of the one-minute spot to find its way onto Baker's Twitter timeline. When he finally got to watch it later that night, it made him a little jealous.

"Yeaaaaah. I was like, 'I wish I was there. I want to be in that!'" he said with a laugh. "That commercial was just crazy.

"I cannot wait to come down there. I'm just so excited."

UK's coaches are also eagerly anticipating Baker's arrival.

The five-receiver recruiting class that UK signed Wednesday is the school's most impressive in years. If there's a "total package" player in that group, it's Baker. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he's the perfect blend of size and speed that the Wildcats have been missing.

"They're really looking for me to come in and start as a true freshman," Baker said. "They want me to come in and play. ... Coach Stoops, he actually told me that he's not going to treat me like a freshman. Because he has higher expectations for me than anyone else. He wants me to come in and do what I have to do."

Whatever he ends up doing, fellow classmate Drew Barker will likely have a hand in it.

Baker said the star quarterback played a big role in his decision to sign with the Wildcats, and he's looking forward to teaming up with him this fall.

"Drew is my guy," he said. "Before I met him — even before I was committed — everybody was saying 'Barker to Baker, Barker to Baker,' blah, blah, blah. And when me and Drew finally met, we clicked right away. We just knew we were going to have that great relationship."

Barker to Baker. That's a phrase UK fans eager for a little more Air Raid could certainly get used to.

"I definitely expect to hear that a lot," Baker said. "That's a good slogan. It's catchy."

Dorian Baker is one of the many Ohio guys in Kentucky's class of 2014, so he didn't get to see the Super Bowl commercial featuring the program when it aired in Kentucky during halftime of the big game Sunday.

It didn't take long for the YouTube video of the one-minute spot to find its way onto Baker's Twitter timeline. When he finally got to watch it later that night, it made him a little jealous.

"Yeaaaaah. I was like, 'I wish I was there. I want to be in that!'" he said with a laugh. "That commercial was just crazy.

"I cannot wait to come down there. I'm just so excited."

UK's coaches are also eagerly anticipating Baker's arrival.

The five-receiver recruiting class that UK signed Wednesday is the school's most impressive in years. If there's a "total package" player in that group, it's Baker. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he's the perfect blend of size and speed that the Wildcats have been missing.

"They're really looking for me to come in and start as a true freshman," Baker said. "They want me to come in and play. ... Coach Stoops, he actually told me that he's not going to treat me like a freshman. Because he has higher expectations for me than anyone else. He wants me to come in and do what I have to do."

Whatever he ends up doing, fellow classmate Drew Barker will likely have a hand in it.

Baker said the star quarterback played a big role in his decision to sign with the Wildcats, and he's looking forward to teaming up with him this fall.

"Drew is my guy," he said. "Before I met him — even before I was committed — everybody was saying 'Barker to Baker, Barker to Baker,' blah, blah, blah. And when me and Drew finally met, we clicked right away. We just knew we were going to have that great relationship."

Barker to Baker. That's a phrase UK fans eager for a little more Air Raid could certainly get used to.

"I definitely expect to hear that a lot," Baker said. "That's a good slogan. It's catchy."

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