TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Another former Alabama player has a new home. Friday, receiver Javon Baker announced his transfer to Kentucky, becoming the sixth former Crimson Tide player to join a new program since last week’s national championship game.
"Thank you to everybody who believed in me and guided me thru this process," he posted on Instagram, "let’s show the world what they haven’t seen yet 4 sure."
Baker appeared in 13 games during his sophomore season last year, recording seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. His lone touchdown came on a 24-yard reception from Jalen Milroe during Alabama’s 63-14 win over Southern Miss. Baker appeared in 20 games over his two years with the Crimson Tide, recording nine receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.
The Powder Springs Ga. native came to Alabama as a four-star recruit in the 2021 class. He was rated as the No. 200 player overall and the No. 34 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Baker is the fourth receiver to leave the Crimson Tide this offseason, joining starters Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden. Alabama will be without five of its top six receivers from last season as running back Brian Robinson Jr. is out of eligibility while tight end Jahleel Billingsley also announced his transfer to Texas earlier this week. In total, Alabama’s six departing pass-catchers combined for 276 receptions for 3,775 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Over the past two weeks, Alabama has seen six players announce moves to new programs, including Baker, Billingsley, offensive lineman Tommy Brown (Colorado), outside linebackers King Mwikuta (Arkansas State) and Drew Sanders (Arkansas) and Paul Tyson (Arizona State). Linebacker Shane Lee is still listed in the portal but has yet to announce his future destination.