Caron Baham received a very intriguing phone call Thursday morning.
“Today, I got a call from Tennessee,” the longtime Missouri commit said. “So I’m guessing they’re going to be offering (a scholarship) pretty soon too.”
The 6-foot, 190-pounder has been committed to Missouri since May, but said he’ll visit Tennessee if the Vols extend a scholarship offer.
“I thought they would be one of my first offers, but I guess they held back on it because I jumped on Missouri so fast,” the 3-star athlete from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) said.
Baham’s recruitment has been a wild ride since his spring commitment. Baham suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his first game this season. Missouri’s dedication after the injury made his bond with the Tigers grow stronger, especially with coach Gary Pinkel.
“Me and coach Pinkel, we were very close,” Baham said. “He used to call me once every Monday to say keep pushing myself with the rehab and things like that, sending me personal handwritten letters.”
Baham said he also developed a close relationship with Missouri receivers coach Pat Washington.
“That’s one of the reasons I committed there,” Baham said.
Now, much has changed. Pinkel announced he was resigning after there season because of health concerns. Baham’s status will be in limbo until the next coach is hired.
“For right now, I’m still 100 percent solid but with the things going on up there right now in Missouri, it kind of makes you give second thoughts about taking other visits, which I will be taking other visits to other schools,” Baham said.
In addition to Tennessee, Baham said he is considering Colorado and Tulane. Baham knows he needs to be prepared in case he’s not a part of Missouri’s plans when Pinkel’s replacement is eventually named.
“When coaches change, some coaches will usually bring in their recruits from their last school,” Baham said. “They’ll want a certain mode at a certain position … It’s very important how fast they get a new coach and how fast I can get up there and visit.”
If things don’t work out with Baham and Missouri, Tennessee seems a viable option.
“It’s the SEC,” Baham said. “It’s a great conference. It would be great competition for me. You have a great program, guys like (Denver Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning played there. I think it would be a decent fit for me.”
Baham said he plans to take an official visit to Colorado on Dec. 5. If the Vols offer a scholarship, he said he plans to take an official visit to Knoxville in December or mid-January. For now, he’s focused on getting healthy.
“Rehab is going great,” Baham said. “Everything is on time, ahead of schedule a little bit.”