Grayson Baker stepped into Army coach Jeff Monken’s office after a short talk with his family.
With their support, Baker told Monken. “I’m ready to commit” before Army’s spring football game Friday.
Baker said he knew Army was the right school for him a month or two before the Black Knights offered the Wachusett (Mass.) tight end in January. He remembers having the desire to serve the country in eighth grade.
“It was such an awesome feeling, to finally commit to my top choice was just great,” said Baker, who is 6-foot-7 and 243 pounds.
Baker, who was offered by Air Force and took a visit earlier this month, ran down the list of the many reasons he chose Army.
“My desire to serve my country, their great campus, the amazing history, the awesome coaching staff, the proximity to where I live, the incredible facilities and of course, THE brotherhood,” Baker said.
Baker is the third tight end commit of Army’s 2024 class. His Army recruiting goes back to when he sent highlight film to the coaching staff last year. Baker was invited to the Black Knights’ home game against UConn last November. He witnessed Army’s celebratory fight song in the locker room following a win.
“My interest only grew from there,” Baker said.
Following his commitment, Baker watched the Black and Gold spring game and got his first live look at Army’s new shotgun offense. Tight ends should have a bigger role in the passing game under the new scheme. Baker caught nine touchdowns among his 27 receptions for 370 yards his junior season. He also blocked two extra points and intercepted a pass.
“I love how they are using the tight end now,” Baker said. “I would have committed even if they still ran the same (triple option) offense. But, it’s even better now.”
2024 Army commits (3)
TE Grayson Baker, 6-7, 242, Wachusett HS, Holden, Mass.: Other offers – Air Force.
TE Bryce Jaworski, 6-4, 245, Wausau (Wisc.) West HS: Other offers – Air Force, Ohio
TE Ryan Vanscoy, 6-4, 230, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy