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Monday, April 22, 2013
2015 RB Baker picks up four huge offers

By Brad Bournival

Jerome Baker (Cleveland/Benedictine) was told his recruitment would start blowing up after a successful sophomore season.

The 2015 running back/linebacker wasn’t expecting anything like this, however. And he surely wasn’t expecting the offers to come from such heavy hitters in the college football world, either.

His first offer came from Ohio State, and within hours Florida, Louisville and Penn State threw their hats in the ring.

“I’m very surprised,” Baker said. “My coach, my parents and my peers said this would all come fast. One offer would lead to the next, but I didn’t expect it all in one day.”

While the offers came fast and furious, Baker isn’t done by any means.

A 106.35 rating at the SPARQ Combine in Massillon, Ohio, back in February put him on the map even more, but that was just the beginning for what should be a big-time recruiting process for the 6-foot, 195-pound Baker.

While he’s listed at running back, where he might play in college really depends on how his frame fills in over the coming years.

One thing is for sure, it’s not going to derail him from that next step.

“I still have to work and make sure the offers are valid,” Baker said. “I want to make sure it was for a reason.”

Here’s what Baker had to say about each offer:

Florida: “The thing I know about Florida is they’re fast and physical. That offer was very surprising.”

Louisville: “I don’t know that much about Louisville yet, but I’m definitely going to do my homework and see how it is and what I can accomplish.”

Ohio State: “It means a lot. The offer was for running back and linebacker, but I’ll play anywhere. I was kind of surprised by it, but it was a dream come true. It’ll make me keep working.”

Penn State: "That one means a lot. I'm enjoying everything. Penn State has a lot of tradition. It's just fun."

Baker is also receiving interest from Arizona, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and UCLA.