Javon Baker, a former Alabama wide receiver, announced his move to Central Florida on Instagram. Baker will be in Orlando with Gus Malzahn, the former Auburn head coach.
In the 2020 recruiting cycle, Baker was a four-star receiver from Georgia. Baker opted to enter the portal and seek other possibilities after two seasons with the Tide. Through two seasons, he didn’t get a lot of playing time. During his time at Alabama, he caught nine passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Baker had planned to visit Kentucky at first, but on May 27 he announced that he would no longer be doing so. He picked the Golden Knights just two weeks later. He’ll almost certainly start playing right away there.
Baker is a former 4-star recruit who was ranked No. 34 among wide receivers in the 2020 class by the 247 Sports Composite. He is 6-foot-2 and weighs 206 pounds. At Rivals, he was ranked No. 110 in the country and No. 20 among wideouts.
Baker made two catches for 15 yards in one game for the Tide in 2020. He had seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in three games in 2021.
Alabama’s wideout position has always been crowded, so he hasn’t had many opportunities to play. In Kentucky’s overhauled offense, which features a potential first-round NFL Draft pick in quarterback Will Levis, the goal was that he’d get a chance to demonstrate what he’s made of.
Kentucky’s passing game will now rely on a group that includes Virginia Tech transfer Tayvion Robinson, true freshman Dane Key, fourth-year veteran DeMarcus Harris, and redshirt freshman Dekel Crowdus, among others, to prosper in the SEC.
Gus Malzahn, a former Auburn coach, is in his second season at UCF. The Knights will play one more season in the American Conference before moving to the Big 12 the following year.
Baker was a four-star recruit out of Georgia in 2020 and was one of 18 scholarship players to transfer from Alabama since the start of the season. In two seasons at Alabama, he had nine receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.
This offseason, Alabama lost its top three receivers Jameson Williams, John Metchie, and Slade Bolden to the NFL, in addition to Baker and rising sophomore Agiye Hall (Texas) transferring. Alabama signed five top-100 freshmen receivers in Aaron Anderson, Isaiah Bond, Shazz Preston, Kobe Prentice, and Kendrick Law, as well as a pair of transfers in Georgia’s Jermaine Burton and Louisville’s Tyler Harrell.