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    Let's get this guy!

    Was going to USC, now wide open

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- For the past few years, Dillon Baxter had a plan. The nation's top-rated all-purpose back would play in a major all-star game, then return home to San Diego to finish his last few high school tests. Then, in mid-January, he would enroll at USC. He even knew that Hillside, Ill., receiver Kyle Prater, a fellow early enrollee, would be his roommate.
    That plan imploded as rumors that Trojans coach Pete Carroll would leave for the Seattle Seahawks inched ever closer to becoming reality. Saturday afternoon, Baxter stood on the Alamodome field after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with no idea what his next move should be. Baxter, who was named the U.S. Army player of the year after breaking the California record for rushing and passing touchdowns in a season (76) as a senior at Mission Bay High, sounded hurt as he described a meeting between his family and Carroll at Baxter's home about a month ago. "I asked him if he was going to stay," Baxter said. "He looked at me in the eyes and said he was. I guess it's business, if that's what you want to call it."
    Now, Baxter will listen to all suitors. "I'm wide open," he said. "I'll talk to any college."



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    I used to live pretty close to Mission Bay High, maybe I should get in touch with him?


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Kyle Prater - Yahoo! Sports
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    Two guys that sound wide open from USC's committs.



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Why not?



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    We should show them some home game highlights. They might get tricked in to thinking we're USC and commit!



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Baxter will likely end at Michigan if he goes away from USC. That is the word anyway.


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    We were on Praters rivals page as one of the offers before he blew up and became the #1 wr in the country.


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    I just don't like having these high school guys playing on national TV. It seems like the networks are robbing the cradle; and I think this will open the door to exploitation and financial payoffs. The talent level was very impressive though. The NFL is the commercial league. NCAA is supposedly for student athletes, but now is more of a minor league for the NFL; and now we are drawing high schoolers into the money game.



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Prater seemed to have the intagibles to be a good WR, but dropped a few yesterday in the AA game. Could be jitters.

    Baxter seemed like a great all around back. He's very interested in running the wildcat formation as commented on multiple times during the game.

    Now do we actually have a shot - doubt it. Not having room and talent that I think is out of our league right now.


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    didnt Dillion Baxter still decide to stay with USC. maybe i am confusing him with someone else from the east vs west game.


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    Kyle Prater - Yahoo! Sports
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    Two guys that sound wide open from USC's committs.
    If S. Johnson comes to ISU, I'd rather go after Prater just because of how many backs we already have.



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Lets go get them... I'm sure no one else wants these guys??? Plus why not ISU over Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, OU. Makes sense.



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    If S. Johnson comes to ISU, I'd rather go after Prater just because of how many backs we already have.
    I understand your point but I will take either. I'm not all that picky. I don't really think we are up there on either list.

    As far as Baxter, from what I have heard is that he is still USC, however he probably will not enroll early. I think he will step back and look at his situation. I think this goes to NSD. I would say Michigan or USC. In a couple things i have read he has seemed to be very hurt by Carroll. leaving. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to give him a call and pitch the fact PR probably won't ever be leaving. that probably is something he would like to hear.


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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    We don't stand a chance of getting either of these guys and you're crazy if you think so.



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    Re: Let's get this guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman View Post
    We don't stand a chance of getting either of these guys and you're crazy if you think so.
    But we look the same!



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