U.S. Army All-American Jerome Baker is ready to reveal his college choice to the recruiting world.
The consensus top-100 linebacker from Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine announces his decision Friday at 10 a.m. ET at his high school.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty big moment,” Baker said. “This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make regarding football. So it’s definitely going to be tough, but I know where I want to go.
“I’m just excited to finally get it off my chest. It’s going to be a huge relief. I’m happy to make this decision, and I’m ready.”
The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder has three finalists he’s choosing from.
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.”
Ohio State: “That’s like my hometown team, and it’s a big thing to have the chance to go there and stay in my state.”
Tennessee: “It was so much love. The coaches, the players, the fans, the people. I just felt wanted there. It’s a good school and it was cool to see it.”
What’s the determining factor in his decision?
“Where I’m most comfortable is the biggest thing,” Baker said. “I’m going to spend the next four years of my life there, so I have to feel at home.”
His 247Sports Crystal Ball currently favors the Buckeyes, but The Sun made the first UF prediction and will stick with that pick.