Jerome Baker Announces for Florida

Scout.com was onmhand as the #48 player in America makes his decision on Friday. Four-star and number five ranked outside linebacker Jerome Baker of Cleveland (OH) Benedictine chose Florida over the home state Ohio State Buckeyes and the Tennessee Vols. He will announce at 10 a.m. at his school.

The announcement for Jerome Baker has moved up recently. After a couple of years of most folks believing he was a lock for Ohio State, Baker stayed away from a commitment to the home state school. Now he is a Florida Gator.

At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds Baker is a terrific athlete that plays running back, receiver, and linebacker for Benedictine, he will play linebacker in college.

The Gators have a huge need at the linebacker position. With none committed yet in the 2015 class, Florida didn’t sign a single linebacker in 2014. They would like to sign 3-4 this year.

With Baker, he is a highly sought after athlete with elite quickness at the position. With speed and quickness a prerequisite for a Florida defense, the Gators have showed Baker that he is an ideal fit for them.

Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is the primary recruiter for Baker and has done a wonderful job with his recruitment.

Scout recruiting analyst Allen Trieu has a lot of good things to say about Baker.

“Very good athlete who is great in chase mode,” Trieu said. “He runs down a lot of plays from the backside and to the sideline and uses that same agility and lateral ability to slide his way around blockers. Very strong in coverage and shows top notch ball skills for a backer.”

As the number 48 prospect among Scout’s rankings, Baker would become the highest rated player in the 2015 class if he does commit to Florida.

Stay tuned shortly for our interview with the newest Gator, here on Scout.


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