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Monday, May 6, 2013
Buckeyes get a boost in 2015 Baker's eyes

By Brad Bournival

Growing up in Cleveland, Jerome Baker Jr. knew everything he needed to about Ohio State’s football team.

What the Benedictine sophomore wanted to find out Sunday was the other side of the Buckeyes.

On his first unofficial to Ohio State, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Baker saw quite a bit.

“It was a good step in the right direction,” Baker said. “I already knew the football side, but I wanted to know how Ohio State could help me as a person. I went into it wanting to talk about that. We didn’t talk about football that much, it was more about the detail.”

Seeing the campus with Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and Stan Drayton, Baker got a chance to peek in The Horseshoe just after President Barack Obama spoke at Ohio State’s commencement.

He saw the football facilities, walked the campus and got a sneak peak at the academic side of life.

“It was beautiful, just a great school,” Baker said. “This was the first time I got to see the entire campus. Coming in I knew it was going to be big, and it really is a pretty big campus, but it’s a beautiful campus.”

The next step for Baker is a trip to Michigan this weekend, but Ohio State is the one that has started it all for the linebacker/running back.

The Buckeyes were the first to offer two weeks ago, and it has been a whirlwind ever since.

A 106.35 rating at the SPARQ Combine in Massillon, Ohio, back in February put him on the map, and now he has picked up offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Penn State and Tennessee to go with his one from the Buckeyes.

Arizona, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA and Wisconsin also are showing interest.