Cameron Baker is arguably the best high school running back in Iowa. In nine games, the Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson junior racked up a Class 4A-best 1,852 yards on an absurd 9.4 yards per carry.

Iowa and Iowa State have been paying attention for a while. He's visited Iowa City and Ames on several occasions. And on Friday, the Hawkeyes pulled the trigger and gave Baker his first Division I scholarship offer.

Baker is an interesting prospect because it's not quite clear what position he'll play in college. He's listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, which makes him a logical fit at linebacker. He led Thomas Jefferson with 44.5 tackles from that position this year. 247Sports and Rivals also peg Baker as an outside linebacker.

But it's hard to ignore his offensive potency. He caught major recruiting steam when his seven-broken-tackle, 80-yard touchdown run against Sioux City West went viral. SportsCenter even featured it in its Top 10 plays.


The 6-foot, 2-inch 225-pound junior broke, spun, and stiff-armed his way past multiple defenders for the score Friday, Sept. 15 at Sioux City West. Holly Baker/Special to the Register

Baker doesn't have any recruiting stars at the moment, but that will likely change. So, too, will his offer total. Don't be surprised to see Iowa State jump in soon, as well as other Midwest mid-major D-I programs.

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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