Alabama transfer Javon Baker commits

LEXINGTON – Kentucky’s latest reinforcement from the wide reception area comes from the 2021 SEC football champion.

Junior wide receiver Javon Baker announced Friday that he will be transferring from Alabama to Kentucky. Baker, a former four-star recruit from Atlanta, Georgia, entered the transfer portal shortly after Alabama lost to Georgia in the national championship game.

Baker appeared in 21 games over two seasons at Alabama, but struggled to break through in the Crimson Tide’s loaded wide receiver rotation. He caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this season.

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The 6-foot-2, 206-pound receiver opened the season with three catches for 21 yards against Miami. Three games later, he made two catches for 59 yards and one touchdown against Southern Miss. Baker caught just two passes in the last eight games.

Rivals.com placed Baker just outside the top 100 high school class prospects of 2020. Kentucky also offered Baker a high school scholarship, but he committed to Alabama more than a year before signing day.

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If Virginia Tech transfer Tayvion Robinson is Kentucky’s replacement for record-setting wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, then Baker is the Wildcats’ likely replacement for No. 2 receiver Josh Ali, who used up his eligibility in 2021.

Unlike Alabama, where the receiver’s broad depth chart was filled with future NFL draft picks, Baker instantly becomes one of the most experienced options in Kentucky. He could start alongside Robinson and junior DeMarcus Harris, who posted a strong second half of the 2021 season.

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