Cameron Baker has had a grueling high school football career.
But a torn labrum didn't stop him from rushing for 1,852 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season for Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. He averaged 9.4 yards per carry, third among players in Iowa's Class 4-A with at least 100 attempts.
Baker — a 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back — had surgery Nov. 14 to repair the slight tear in his labrum, an injury he initially suffered in the eighth grade. Three days later he received a scholarship offer from Iowa and has built a strong relationship with the Hawkeyes assistant coach Reese Morgan.
"I love Coach Morgan," Baker said. "Anytime he visits me it's great. It would be great for him to be my coach."
Baker is a part of the Thomas Jefferson track and field team. Last year he had a personal-best discus throw of 172 feet, 11 inches.
He has been working on his speed and getting back in shape this spring.
Baker has also taken a few unofficial visits with trips to Iowa, Northern Iowa and Nebraska's junior day. A return trip to Iowa for their spring game on Friday is the next visit he has planned.
"I'm waiting to schedule a time to get to Missouri and will camp at Nebraska and Iowa this summer," Baker said.
Baker has an offer from Northern Iowa and knows what he is looking for when he gets on campus.
"The coaches and their relationship with me is very important," Baker said. "I want to go into sports medicine, or be a teacher and coach, so the academics are important along with the friendships with the players I will be playing with."
He doesn't have a dream school, although he did root for Nebraska as a child.
"I grew up a Nebraska fan, but that won't be a deciding factor in my decision," Baker said.