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Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: Dynamic Lineman Kendall Baker Commits to Dawgs

January 01, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs mascot UGA IX looks on during the second half of the Capital One bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at The Citrus Bowl. Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs earned commitment No. 12 for the class of 2014 on Wednesday night as Atlanta, GA native Kendall Baker committed to the Dawgs on local television.

Baker chose the Bulldogs over the Auburn Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, and Alabama Crimson Tide among others. Standing at 6’6 285 pounds, Baker is an interesting prospect because of his ability to play on the offensive and defensive line.

The Dawgs desperately need offensive lineman in this class, as I wrote here in an article earlier this week, and Baker helps fill that need if Georgia chooses to do so. Yet, the Dawgs look to bring in Baker on the defensive side to play the nose tackle position in Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme. Baker has been quoted as wanting to play defense rather than offense, but is open to the idea of continuing to develop his skills as an offensive tackle.

The Marist School product is rated as a four-star in the 247 Sports composite rankings. Baker has a great frame and will be able to add weight as he progresses in the strength program in his senior year of high school and at UGA.

No matter which side of the ball Baker decides to play, he possesses great athletic ability that includes solid footwork and upper body strength with a great punch. I see Baker coming in as a defensive tackle, but if the Dawgs are not able to bring in the number of offensive lineman they wish to in this class and experience some injuries and depth chart issues next fall, then Baker could make the transition to offense.

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Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Kendall Baker, Mark Richt

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