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It’s been an eventful fall for Ryan Baker.

The Yorktown High School (N.Y.) junior took over as starting quarterback of the Huskers’ football team in Game 2 and led the squad to a 7-3 record that ended with a 37-35 win over Sleepy Hollow as Baker rushed for 119 yards and threw for another 59.

Baker’s speed and shiftiness helped ignite a Yorktown offense that featured running back Eric Meyreles.

Those attributes also made Baker an attractive recruit for several Division I programs as a midfielder. Earlier this week, he gave a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-9,  145-pound Baker, a righty, is a versatile player with good quickness who plays with an aggressive, all-out style. Baker was recruited by UMBC assistant Steve Settembrino, a Yorktown High School alumnus.

Baker, the son of Athletic Director Tom Baker at nearby Hendrick Hudson High School, joins Towson-bound midfielder Nick Del Bene as 2015 commits for YHS.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Ryan on his commitment.

What were the main factors in the decision?
The experience around the team,  the coaching staff at UMBC,  the academics, and the area in which UMBC is located.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Albany and St. John’s as well. The schools I visited were Siena, Providence, UMass, Albany, St. John’s and UMBC.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are definitely my toughness, stamina and quickness. I would describe my self as a very versatile player that always does the little things right.

What area of the game do you need to work on?
My shooting on the run.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
Everyone in Yorktown plays lacrosse so I was always around the game since I was a little kid.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Moonlight Lacrosse and the No Limit Ballers. I attended Maverik Showtime, National Invitational 175  and the Moonlight Showcase.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank UMBC for giving me an opportunity to play Division I for them.  I would also like to thank everyone that has helped me through the recruiting process.

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