Five-star foot: Powell County’s Brian Baker sees his stock rise after high recruiting rating
STANTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Although kicking is one of the loneliest jobs, it’s an essential one for football teams. Brian Baker has been doing it for Powell County for the past couple years.
“Around 5th grade is when I started football, and, well my mom and dad weren’t too fond of the idea of me playing the actual hard parts. So they were like if you’re gonna do anything, you’re gonna be a kicker. They said you can play other things while you’re there, but you’re gonna be a kicker,” Baker said about his start in kicking.
“7th and 8th grade when we actually started kicking, they let me - at the end of practice they let me, if I made the field goal, we didn’t run. And from there I just kinda did it every day. Most people take it as you know, if you’re a kicker, you don’t have to worry about things, but I like to take it as if I’m kicker, and I see any way I can actually do the sport and hit somebody, I’m gonna do it.”
Baker was rated as a five-star recruit by prokicker.com earlier in the week after attending kicking camps this summer. The rising senior has been on the field working on his craft, but he does give credit for his natural ability to kick and punt.
“It is a great honor. I’m very gifted in my leg power,” Baker said. “I haven’t really taken lifting seriously until this year, but being able to do what I do a little bit without too much training is definitely a gift, and I’m thankful for it.”
The Powell County native has gotten interest from Kentucky Wesleyan and other schools but says that with kicking, most bigger schools don’t reach out until senior year, unlike other positions.
As with most kickers, Baker has learned to stay mentally locked in by himself while the rest of the team works.
“Most of the mentality of kickers is you gotta stay calm. It’s one of the positions on the team that if you’re not calm or not level headed, it’s not gonna go in,” Baker said. As far as being here, honestly, I say it’s better. No one to bother you, you just work on you, cause they’re all doing what they need to, and you’re dealing with you. That makes a football team.”
Baker is looking forward to hopefully having a season this fall.
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