During the 2003-2004 college recruiting season, Baker verbally committed to join the University of Notre Dame football program under head coach Tyrone Willingham. The Notre Dame football program publicly announced the commitment though Baker had not submitted his official commitment papers. About seven weeks following the incident, Baker committed to joining the Purdue University football program, under head coach Joe Tiller, by submitting formal commitment papers to Purdue University.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Indianapolis, Indiana||Bishop Chatard||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||4.8||Mar 24, 2004|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14 (DE) Rivals: 11 (DE), 2 (IN)|
Baker, also being an accomplished basketball player, was recruited by Division I basketball programs. He often received scholarship offers from both the Basketball and Football programs of the same university. Though he was a successful multi-sport athlete, Baker chose to focus solely on Football.
"Ryan is the epitome of a Boilermaker student-athlete. No one works harder than he does - in the classroom, the weight room, the playing field. There are high-motor guys, and then there is 'Bakes.' He takes it to another level."- Purdue University Head Coach Joe Tiller, October 2, 2008.
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