Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Pocahontas' Connor Baker
2023 athlete Connor Baker. Courtesy of Bridget Rose.
On Wednesdays we feature an in-state prospect who could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR prospect is Pocahontas Connor Baker.
Weight: 190 pounds
Bench press: 300 pounds
Squat: 425 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Stats: In two games, he has 40 carries for 404 yards and 4 touchdowns, and 14 tackles in limited play. As a sophomore, Baker had 193 carries for 1,364 yards and 20 touchdowns, and 106 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss. In six games as a freshman, he finished with 51 carries for 429 yards 4 touchdowns, and 88 tackles, 8 for lost yardage.
Assistant coach Cannon Davis:
“He’s having to play quarterback for us but also starts at middle linebacker. Kid can really go. He’s naturally a defensive player but is great for us offensively as well. He’s a junior but started half of our high school games as a 9th grader.
“On defense, he’s very instinctive and finds the ball extremely well with great closing speed. He’s naturally a great tackler.”
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