April 24th, 2014 01:30pm

Baker names Gators in Top 3 after visiting

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Jerome Baker plans to return to Florida for an official visit. (Photo by Student Sports)

Florida hasn’t signed a prospect from Ohio in more than a decade, but that could change this year with Jerome Baker.

The Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine linebacker visited UF this past weekend and enjoyed his three-day trip to Gainesville.

“Overall, it was an amazing visit,”  he said. “It was just fun, man. Everything there. I had a great time.”

Things went so well that Baker, a consensus top-100 prospect, now has the Gators in his Top 3 along with Ohio State and Tennessee. His determine factors are academics, atmosphere and tradition.

“Florida definitely has what I’m looking for in a school,” Baker said. “They covered everything very well. I was really impressed. I loved it, I honestly did.”

The highlight of his trip was watching film of UF’s defense with coordinator D.J. Durkin, his primary recruiter and an Ohio native.

“I have a great relationship with him,” Baker said. “He’s very honest and up front, and so is the whole coaching staff. They told me if Florida isn’t the place for me, don’t come here. But if decide to, they just stressed to me that I have an opportunity to play early if I’m willing to compete and take hard coaching.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder holds 17 offers and is scheduled to visit Michigan and Michigan State next. He plans to make a decision after his senior season is over and some official visits are taken, one of which will be to Florida.

UF hasn’t signed a recruit from the state of Ohio since running back DeShawn Wynn in 2002.

“Distance doesn’t matter,” Baker said. “I’m going to pick the school that fits me, wherever that may be.”

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7 Comments

  1. April 24th, 2014 3:03 pm

    Zach, what are the chances of some alternate uni’s this season?? Even the white old school helmet would be awesome. Looks great with the white jersey in the pic.

    by GatorNsc


  2. April 24th, 2014 6:41 pm

    Seems like a good kid. Hopefully weans him. … What about that white gator helmet? Haven’t seen that since the nike pro combat jersey of 2009 I believe.

    by Jeff


  3. April 24th, 2014 8:33 pm

    UF needs linebackers, the more the merrier. If they can get him and the two out of Georgia, it will be a great day. Add in the kid from Trinity Christian and the Gators will fulfill their needs. I wouldn’t object to signing five since the jury’s still out on whether the highly rated guy from last year, Anzalone and Rolin, will pan out.

    by snowprint


  4. April 25th, 2014 8:37 am

    Love the white helmets. Seems like most of the SEC schools (including us) don’t like to move away from their traditional uni’s too much. I wish we would go with an alternate look at least once a year.

    by 5wideU


  5. April 25th, 2014 9:53 am

    Anyone else notice the ugly colors of his backpack? You think Durkin could have given him one with orange and blue colors on his visit.

    by Tampa Gator


  6. April 26th, 2014 1:40 am

    lol good eye Tampa Gator

    This looks pretty far fetched. Would be a fun coup though.

    by TJ-Gators


  7. July 10th, 2014 9:42 pm

    [...] Florida: “I really just connected with the players, and I have a close relationship with coach D.J. Durkin. Visiting there was a great experience.” [...]

    by Baker excited to make decision | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive


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