They say you never forget your first. That certainly rings true for Cameron Baker.

The Class of 2019 Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High running back/linebacker wasn’t expecting his initial scholarship offer on Friday, but that’s exactly what happened. Iowa provided a moment he won’t soon forget.

“I got a call from my dad saying that (assistant) coach (Reese) Morgan would like to speak to me so I called him,” Baker told HN. “It means a lot to not only me but my family, too, because I’ve worked really hard and waited patiently. I’ve been waiting for this day for a little while. I’m honored and couldn’t be more grateful.”

Baker (6-2, 225) has visited Iowa on multiple occasions. His last stop came two weeks ago when the Hawkeyes overwhelmed then-No. 3 Ohio State, 55-24.

He bonded with the coaches and they connected with the young man.

“(Morgan) said he valued me as a person, he valued my character, and that he saw me as a football player. He wasn’t sure what position, but he knew I was a football player,” Baker said.

Baker rushed 196 times for 1,852 yards and 20 touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 104 yards and two scores as a junior. He also totaled 44.5 tackles, including three for loss. He returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns this season.

He likes playing on both sides of the ball and doesn’t have a preference right now in terms of college.

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“I just want to be on the field,” he said.

Baker said he already feels connected with the Iowa staff.

“I love how the coaches want to make their athletes not only successful on the field but successful as people and in life after college,” he said.

Baker said Iowa State also is recruiting him. He’s not rushing the process.

“I’d like to decide sometime during my senior year so I’ve considered all potential options,” he said.

Baker, who is considering a major in Sports Management, knows what he’s looking for in a school.

“What’s most important to me is the relationship with the program and coaches and the education I’ll receive, too,” he said.

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