With the season now in full swing, the recruitment of five-star Santa Ana (Cali.) Mater Dei offensive tackle Brandon Baker is winding down — the nation’s top offensive tackle prospect has announced a decision date, per 247Sports’ Greg Biggins, and he will be revealing his college choice on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Central.
It's decision day for 5⭐️ OT Brandon Baker @BrandonBaker73— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 24, 2023
The Mater Dei (CA.) product will announce his decision at 9:00pm ET/6:00 pm PT on the 247Sports YouTube channel
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Baker previously released a top 10 schools list back in June that including the Texas Longhorns, along with several other elite programs from around the country.
All glory to God. Thank you to all those who’ve recruited me throughout my process. Down to my top 10, who will it be? pic.twitter.com/EHrQrhW1CD— Brandon Baker (@BrandonBaker73) June 15, 2023
Baker made a few summer official visits during the month of June to see Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas. Baker also took an official visit to see Nebraska officially on Sept. 16, so the Cornhuskers hosted Baker on his final visit. Oregon has been another program that has been in contention in this recruitment with Baker’s older brother playing for the Ducks. While Baker has made several visits to Eugene, he has not taken an official visit.
Since the visit to Austin, the Longhorns have been receiving considerable buzz for the elite offensive tackle, but it had been tough to figure out what exactly his timeframe for a decision would be. With this announcement, the countdown is officially ticking so it will be interesting to track the trendlines for Baker moving forward, trendlines that began to become apparent with some predictions in favor of Texas from On3 in the immediate aftermath of Baker’s commitment date becoming public.
Entering the weekend and the final hours of Baker’s recruitment, the Longhorns hold all four 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, the last eight prediction’s in On3’s RPM, and the last four predictions in the Rivals FutureCast.
Baker is the No. 1-ranked offensive tackle prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the 21st-ranked overall recruit.