Updated: Jan 22, 2022
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HUGE news out of the football world today: former Alabama wide receiver Javon Baker chooses the Cats over Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida.
This is extremely important for the Kentucky Football program. Baker is a redshirt sophomore that is a former top-250 player with speed, athleticism, length and an impressive vertical. Baker is a 6’2” playmaker that can fill a much needed position at wideout.
At Alabama, Baker played in 16 games and helped win a national championship. With the wide receiver depth in Tuscaloosa, Baker made the decision to go somewhere he can contribute to immediately and still have a good team around him. Baker will come to Lexington and be an immediate contributor, and we can expect him to be a consistent target.
Kentucky has struggled with keeping consistency at wideout as of recent, with most of its recent receiving success coming from the slot position. With a second year of Will Levis in Kentucky blue, one of the greatest running backs of recent years, incoming freshman class and a solid transfer class, the Kentucky offense will look to revamp itself to add an even more balanced and explosive attack.
It is also important to note the timing of his announcement. Baker did not make it to campus in time for the beginning of the semester, so he will miss out on Spring ball. With an elite receiving core, this could very well be the greatest offense head coach Mark Stoops has had in his tenure at the University of Kentucky.