East County Sports

Baker will grow as Davis QB




By Ramon Scott



LA MESA – By all accounts, Helix senior quarterback CARSON BAKER may be poised to have even a more productive year in 2017 after throwing for over 2,700 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

Armed with another loaded corps of speedy and experienced wideouts, the Highlanders’ star certainly figures to run up numbers certainly close to his 2016 stats in which he amassed the 22nd-most passing yards in a single season in San Diego CIF history.

A stellar student on the field and in the classroom, as well, Baker has drawn interest from a few Ivy League schools and locally with the University of San Diego.

Given his continued growth over the summer where he was practically unstoppable in 7-on-7 tournaments, Baker’s stock would figure to possibly skyrocket for the rest of the year.

And although Baker’s combination of smarts and passing prowess might resemble another Helix quarterbacking great in 12-year pro Alex Smith, the current Highlander signal caller felt the need to cast his lot sooner rather than later.

Local football experts touted their approval after Baker announced his intentions to attend UC Davis on a football scholarship in the fall of 2018.

Baker, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 pounds, chose the Aggies over the likes of Dartmouth, Columbia and Montana State.

UC Davis competes in FCS and 2017 will be the first year for new head coach Dan Hawkins, the former Boise State and Colorado head man.

Baker’s teammate from last season, EVAN PERKINS, a WR/DB with the Highlanders, will be a freshman under scholarship this upcoming season at Davis. The Aggies have Perkins listed in the defensive backfield on the current depth chart.


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