NCF On The Trail: Delroy Baker

Midyear signings: Indiana adds three

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ESPN's Jared Shanker reported in December that tight end Jordan Fuchs (Middle Village, N.Y./Milford Academy), quarterback Alexander Diamont (Los Angeles/Venice) and guard DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind./Iowa Western CC) signed with Indiana.

According to IUHoosiers.com, three more recruits have joined the program:

Delroy Baker OT Ocala, Fla./West Port
HT: 6-6 WT: 259
Positional Rank: #33 OT
Stars: 3

Dominique Booth WR Indianapolis/Pike
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Positional Rank: #32 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#232)

Tim Gardner OT Indianapolis/Milford Academy
HT: 6-4 WT: 310
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: 3

Big Ten class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Big Ten conference, check out our conference rankings:

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.
The Big Ten had an important weekend on the field, and there was some big news off the field as well. Here is a look at what took place on the recruiting trail within the conference.

Biggest commitment:

Tom VanHaaren: Minnesota landed two commitments this past week with 2014 linebacker Everett Williams (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Legacy) and 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end Brandon Lingen (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata). Those were big commits for the Gophers for a few reasons. Before landing those two, Minnesota only had six commitments for the 2014 class so adding these two helps boost the class. Williams is a three-star, and Lingen is a local kid who jumped on an offer almost immediately.


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Indiana takes center stage in these week’s Big Ten storylines, but that doesn’t mean other schools aren’t getting involved.

Here’s a look at the week that was and what’s ahead:

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Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline this weekend’s high school football games featuring Big Ten commitments and targets.

Prep Kickoff Classic:

The annual Prep Kickoff Classic begins on August 29 and runs through Aug. 31 and will take place at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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The Big Ten needs to add impact players across the board, so this 2014 recruiting class is going to be a crucial one. While Michigan and Ohio State lead the way in the class rankings, each team has important commitments in their own right.

Here is a look at the most important commit for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class:

Illinois
WR Tyrin Stone-Davis
6-3, 190
ESPN 300 Rank: N/A (Juco)

Jabrill Peppers
Jared Shanker/ESPNFive-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers, a Michigan commit, is the highest ranked commitment Michigan has landed since 2006.
Illinois has four senior receivers this season, so the offense is going to need help in that category. Since Stone-Davis is a junior college prospect he will most likely be able to make an impact earlier than other receivers coming in this class. Add in the fact that he’s coming as a package deal with his twin brother Tyree, a cornerback, then it’s an added bonus for the Illini.


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Delroy Baker
Tom Hauck for Student SportsOffensive tackle Delroy Baker of Ocala, Fla., is headed to the Big Ten.
Offensive tackle Delroy Baker (Ocala, Fla./West Port) verbally committed to play for Indiana on Friday. It comes as something of a surprise since Baker had offers from in-state programs Florida, Florida State and Miami.

The 6-foot-6, 259-pound tackle prospect announced his decision Twitter and later confirmed it with ESPN via text message.

The text message read: "As of 6/18/2013, I, Delroy Baker, OT from West Port High School in Ocala, FL have chosen to commit to Indiana University!!!"

The Hoosiers now have three offensive line commitments and five pledges overall.

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