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Heel Tough Blog: Bryce Baker Named Elite 11 Finalist

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It may only be April, but 2025 4✭ QB Bryce Baker, the Tar Heel quarterback commit in the class, is off to a flying start to his final season at the high school level. 

Earlier this month, Baker was named the QB MVP of the Charlotte Rivals Camp Series and on Sunday, he got his chance to shine at the Elite 11 Regionals in Atlanta. He clearly did just that, earning one of the two Elite 11 Finals invitations that were handed out along with the No. 1 quarterback in the class, Julian Lewis.

Baker is just the sixth Tar Heel quarterback commit to make it to the Elite 11 Finals joining Drake Maye (2020), Jacolby Criswell (2019), Sam Howell (2018), Chazz Surratt (2015), Bryn Renner (2008). He is one of nine quarterbacks that have already received an invitation to the finals, which will take place in mid-June in Los Angeles.

Baker is preparing for his senior season at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC after a monster junior season, his first at the school. He was named an all-conference player and all-state honorable mention this past year after throwing for 3,082 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also carried the ball 36 times for 233 yards and three touchdowns for an East Forsyth team that would go 10-2 and fall in the second round to eventual state semifinalist Independence. The year prior, at Walkertown High School, he threw for 1,823 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions and ran the ball 70 times for 139 yards and one rushing touchdown. Walkertown, won seven more games than they did the year before going 8-3, but bowing out in the first round of the 2A state playoffs.

The Tar Heels landed his commitment back in June of last year and Baker seems pretty locked into his commitment right now. He has taken on the role of one of the lead recruiters in the class and is currently working on two important prospects according to Anna Adams of 247Sports. She is also reporting that new Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer and the Crimson Tide have really begun to turn up the heat in their pursuit of him, meaning this Tar Heel staff still has a lot of work to do before December to hold on to his commitment.


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