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Panther Sports News, 2/2/15

Parker Baldwin was interviewed yesterday by a Rivals reporter after his commitment to San Diego State University. Below is the interview:

 

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Parker Baldwin's recruitment by San Diego State was a quick one but he saw enough during his official visit to the campus this past weekend to commit to the Aztecs just one day into the visit.

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parker baldwinParker Baldwin committed to SDSU on Saturday. 
Baldwin, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound prospect, was originally recruited by SDSU special teams coordinator Bobby Hauck while he was head coach at UNLV last season. When San Diego State head coach Rocky Long added Hauck to his staff, Hauck made sure to continue contact with Baldwin and get him on board as soon as possible.

The Siloam Springs (Ark.) athlete held offers from Central Arkansas, Eastern Illinois, UNLV and interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State and SMU. A number of coaches dropped by for in-home visits all last week, including Hauck, and he received his official offer from SDSU's staff shortly after.

"Coaches were coming from everywhere - it was unbelieveable, but I finally got it over with and made my decision when I went to San Diego," Baldwin said. "I visited UNLV and Oklahoma State but once I got to San Diego, it just blew me away. The football facilities were unbelievable. I decided it was the place I want to spend my next four or five years at."

The out-of-state athlete said he committed to the program shortly after getting some individual time with the coaching staff, namely safeties coach Danny Gonzales.

"After talking with the coaches and the position coach, I was thinking 'I might as well commit right now' so I did," Baldwin said. "We got a quick look of Coach Long's defense. It's a pretty cool system; it's really interesting. We got to look at some of the past players at the position like Brian Urlacher and others so it was really cool. It takes a unique combination of strength, size and speed to play their. You have to be unique and he thinks I might be a good fit there.

"They think I can play some safety. I can do a number of things but they might try me out at safety first and also at receiver. They like that I can play a lot of positions and do a lot of things. They won't try to pigeonhole me to one position and I like that.

Baldwin was hosted by SDSU cornerback Billy Vaughn Jr. and he said the perspective provided by Vaughn helped him feel more comfortable with moving to the west coast for college. He also enjoyed attending the Aztecs win over Utah State in basketball.

"The basketball game was probably my favorite part," he said. "Seeing The Show was awesome. That was amazing for me. I loved the fan support and everything they had going on there."

Balwdin's size and speed in particular stood out to Hauck when he pursued him. He has a personal record 22.3 time in the 200 meter race, which he clocked in when he won the state championship event (in the rain), along with a timed 11.03 split in the 100 meter dash.

"Coach Hauck has been recruiting me for a while and I'm glad he did," Baldwin said. "He's a nice guy - really nice and upfront and really honest. Some coaches fabricate things but he was real honest with me the entire time and that's what I like about him."

 

 

 
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