Baty: "Wake Was Unbelievable"

Turner Baty

For some players, transferring to a different school, much less moving across the country, can be a stressful and problematic event. This does not seem to be the case with Turner Baty. The 6'2, 210 pound signal caller for St. Thomas Aquinas is ready to take the reigns in 2009.

DeaconSports.com spoke with Turner Baty about his recruitment and his preparation for the upcoming season.

Baty has had to make a big adjustment for his senior season in high school. The talented quarterback made the move across the country from California to Florida and has found a good home at St. Thomas Aquinas.

"Everyone here has been great," said Baty about his recent move. "My teammates and coaches have welcomed me with open arms. It has really been an easy transition. My new teammates are showing me the ropes and the coaches here have just been great. It has been a real smooth so far."

Baty has been working hard in the offseason and is ready to lead his team to a successful 2009. With his combination of physical skills and mental approach to the game, there is no doubt Baty will be successful.

"I can make all the throws necessary on the football field. I think I am mobile and can run and get yards when we need it. The big thing for me is that I love the mental side of the game. My dad played in the league and ever since I was young I have worked on the mental aspect of being a quarterback. I have been around the game my whole life and pride myself on being able to read defenses."

Baty is currently picking up a lot of interest from Division I schools and already holds one D1 offer. "I have one offer right now from Stanford. That is where my dad played and it's my hometown school so I am very familiar with them. I am also getting heavy interest from Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Wisconsin, Penn State, Arizona State, UNC, and of course Wake."

Baty made a spring trip to Wake Forest and came away very impressed. "Wake was unbelievable. I have a cousin who went there and she always tells me what a great place Wake is. The visit really blew me away. The campus was beautiful. Everyone there was so welcoming and hospitable. I was able to spend a lot of time with Coach Elrod and some of the players like Riley Skinner. I love the offense they run as well. Also, Deacon Tower was amazing. I know the stadium only holds 32,000 but it seemed so much bigger. I really had a great visit to Wake."

So what are the Wake coaches telling Baty about a future offer? "The coaches told me I am #1 on their board but they never offer a player without seeing them in person, which I like. I'm glad they want to see what I can do in person before they offer me. Wake is going to come and see me in person in a week or two and I look forward to showing them what I can do. They wanted to come earlier in the spring but my coaches and I thought it may be better for them to visit later in the spring when I have got my timing down with my receivers."

Baty plans on making a decision as soon as he finds the right fit. "I want to decide before my senior season for sure. When I find the right fit for me I will make a decision. I am not one of those guys that wants to string things out. When I find the perfect fit I will jump on it. I don't see any reason to delay it."

DeaconSports.com will keep track of Baty this spring and on into his senior season. With his athletic ability, mental approach, and maturity, look for big things from Turner Baty this season.

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