A versatile and well-rounded competitor, Aerrington Baker is putting together a strong senior season and helped Seminole open the 2018 season 5-2.
At 5’10, 150-pounds, Baker’s main position has been wide receiver, but has moved to running back and the slot as well. He plays with confidence, plays physical and with some swagger.
“When I line up against anyone, I will let them know that I will win the battle and work harder than them for 48 minutes straight,” Baker says. “I’m always smiling because football is my life and has been since I was 4. It’s a job and a job that I enjoy and love with everything I have.”
Baker says the season has had some ups-and-downs as the Chieftans opened by winning its first five games, but has since dropped consecutive games to Idabel and Stigler. The close the regular season with games against Checotah, Tulsa Webster and Okmulgee.
“We have yet to reach our full potential,” Baker says. “Once we completely realize how great we can be, we will be a state championship team. I think I’ve played amazing but I know that I can do and be better. Each week I progress and I can’t wait to see where I am when it’s all over.”
Baker says he used the offseason to mature and become mentally prepared for his senior year and a new leadership role.
“Football is a very physical sport but if you can’t have the mentality to be a leader and help your team come together and get better as a unit then the season will not go too good,” he says. “I’ve also worked on my route running, footwork, and conditioning for my last season.”
Baker says the most influential person in his football life has been his home, who convinced him to give football a try when he was 4.
“I’ve loved it since then,” Basker said. “She’s been at every game since little league. She has sort of coached me in a way and she’s not scared to call anyone out on mistakes or how they are playing, she mostly does this to me. She knows the game of football and loves it just as much as I do. We share this bond and it has kept us close my whole life.”
Baker spent the offseason attending several camps, including UCO, SWOSU, OSU and Quarterback Ranch in Texas.
“One thing I’ve taken from them all is that there are many other athletes that can do the same thing as another athlete and that college is a completely different ball game,” Baker said. “There’s no time to slack when there’s another kid who can do the same thing as you, runs just as fast, jumps just as high, and can run the ball just as well. Hard work does pay off and when attending a camp you can really tell who has been working hard and who hasn’t.”
Baker has visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa for game day visits and has been offered a scholarship from SWOSU earlier this summer. He also received small letters from many other colleges, including such as Emporia State, OBU, ECU, Baylor, and Drake.
Six Star — One thing most people don’t know about me is
Aerrington — My name. I’ve been called “Chico” because it’s the nickname I was given my first year of football ever and it has stuck with me since. My real name is Aerrington and I prefer to be called that but I don’t mind Chico either.
Six Star — Pre game Ritual
Aerrington — Eat the sauciest Subway sandwich. Take a nap. Wake up and stretch then head down to the stadium, run routes with my QB then throw routes to my QB, by that time we have to get dressed for game time.
Six Star — Favorite Song
Aerrington — Migos – Birds
Six Star — Favorite Class
Aerrington — Marriage & Family Life
Six Star — My best game in my career has to be
Aerrington — Week 5 of this season. We played Lincoln Christian (ranked 2 and 1 in some polls). The past two years combined they beat us 85-22. This game was ranked #4 in the state and I knew there would be many college recruits there to see the best of the best play. Film shows why I consider it my best game. You can tell that I played with heart and the game really meant something to my team and I.
Six Star — Biggest weight room accomplishment
Aerrington — Was when cleaned 185 for the first time because I used to be so bad at it. My form was terrible and I couldn’t even get 95 up on it. So it amazed me to see how much I progressed within the times of me working on it and how fast it happened.
Six Star — Player that could be a star at the next level
Aerrington — Our junior running back Cameron Gunville has the potential to be the next college star. He’s very elusive and fast that once he’s gone, there’s no catching him. He has the right mindset and plays hard every Friday night.
Six Star — The hardest working player on my team would have to be
Aerrington — My brother/QB Cade Hammond. He has worked everyday no matter what time of year and dedicated everything he has to being the best. His size and skills have grown tremendously over the past years and it has helped him to be the great quarterback he is today.
Six Star — Player to keep an eye on
Aerrington — A player to keep an eye or eyes on in the future is my little brother Saybion Battles. He has the speed and size to take him to great places and to help him do great things with football.