Baker Talks About Commitment

Delroy Baker talks about his surprising commitment to Indiana over the Gators. Baker is an offensive tackle from Ocala (Fla.) West Port High School.

You don't see Indiana beating Florida for prospects, especially when they come from the Sunshine State. But the Hoosiers did just that as they landed a very good offensive tackle prospect earlier today with the pledge of Ocala (Fla.) West Port standout Delroy Baker.

"It was a lot of things about Indiana," Baker said. "But the main thing was the feel I got while I was there."

Baker visited both Gainesville and Bloomington last week. He admits that when he left the Gator's campus it was all Florida.

"I went to IU thinking I was going to be a Gator," Baker said. "But about an hour into the Indiana visit I knew I would have something to think about and would need to push back my decision. By the next day I was in love with everything about Indiana. I just loved the players, coaches and students."

Baker, 6-foot-6 and 270-pounds, actually told the Hoosiers coaching staff on earlier this week.

"I told them on Tuesday I was coming, that I would like to commit," Baker said. "They welcomed me to the family and they said they were very excited and started chest bumping. I told Florida and they were disappointed. They said that they really wanted me but I told them this was a done deal."

Baker said he hopes to red-shirt as a freshman but if he's called into action he will be ready to play.

"I would prefer it because I know I have a lot to learn and need to get bigger," Baker said. "But you never know. I do know that I plan on doing big things in the Big 10 for Indiana."

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