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Baker yet to decide on commitment

Pat Leonard | Monday, February 9, 2004

Indianapolis defensive end Ryan Baker can’t seem to make up his mind.

The Bishop Chatard High School senior made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Jan. 25 but has yet to sign an official letter of intent. Baker is the only player to make a verbal commitment to Notre Dame and not sign a letter of intent on signing day.

Baker could not be reached for comment over the weekend because he was in a basketball tournament in Evansville, Ind.

He returned home midday Sunday but could not be reached for comment.

Baker’s father insisted Friday that his son would not have time to make an educated decision over the weekend due to a busy schedule, though Baker is anticipated to make a decision sometime this week.

Notre Dame and Purdue have been the two primary schools competing for Baker’s commitment.

Baker, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, is considered a top prospect in the Midwest, rated 11th at his position nationally by Rivals100.com.