Thursday, February 14, 2013
Rutgers offers Massachusetts OL/DL
By Brendan Hall
Millis (Mass.) Hopedale two-way lineman Jon Baker received an offer Wednesday night from Rutgers University, his coach, Dale Olmstead, told ESPNBoston.com.
Rutgers becomes the fourth FBS school to extend an offer to the 2014 prospect, joining Boston College, UConn and UMass -- all three of which offered him last spring when he was a sophomore. Harvard and Yale have also offered from the FCS ranks, while Stanford, Michigan and Vanderbilt have expressed interest.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker is considered one of the top prospects in New England, and generally projects as a center in college. This past fall he registered 78 tackles with four sacks at defensive tackle to earn a spot on ESPNBoston.com's annual All-State team. He also earned Tri-Valley League Lineman of the Year honors for the second straight year, as the Mohawks made their second straight MIAA Division 4 playoff appearance.
"I'm very, very excited for the young man," Olmstead said. "It speaks volumes about kids not only in Massachusetts but from any division. We're a Division 6 team, and to have a player like Jon Baker represent our team is one-of-a-kind. We're very proud of his accomplishments on and off the field. Having Rutgers as the first team outside New England to offer speaks volumes about how he's looked upon not only in New England, but the country."
Baker has taken unofficial visits to Harvard, BC, UMass and UConn. He plans to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers at the end of April, when he is set to participate in a Nike SPARQ combine in New York.