For all the excitement surrounding UK football’s incoming recruiting class of 2014, the position where the Cats will probably see the most immediate impact is at wide receiver.
Coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown both said during Friday’s Media Day session that all five freshman wide receivers will be counted on to play right away.
There seems to be a consensus over which newcomer has been the most exciting so far.
Several of the receivers and a couple of other freshmen were asked to name the new wide receiver who has made the most acrobatic catches in fall camp. They all said Dorian Baker.
“Dorian can get up,” freshman tight end Darryl Long said, without hesitation.
Baker — a 6-foot-3, 197-pounder from Ohio — has an impressive blend of size and speed and was the first receiver Stoops mentioned in his rundown of the position.
Freshman quarterback Drew Barker described one play in particular that caught everyone’s attention early this week.
“The best catch I’ve seen since I’ve been here — not just by a freshman — was from Dorian,” Barker said. “He made a catch in 7-on-7s that made everybody run off the sideline like, ‘Wow!’ He went up over two guys and it looked like his hands were over the crossbar on the field goal posts. It was crazy.”
Barker and Baker are roommates and became good friends over the course of the recruiting process. The freshman QB is looking forward to throwing his way over the next few seasons.
“He’s big, he’s tall, he’s fast,” Barker said. “He’s got good body control. He’s a good route runner. Good hands. He wears like a triple XL glove, so his hands are huge.
“He’s a monster and definitely a guy who you’ll trust to throw the ball up and know he’ll go make a play.”