Baker Dominates Playoff Win

Cleveland Benedictine defeated number-one seed Chagrin Falls 52-35 last Friday in Ohio playoff action. The Bennies were led by four-star junior Jerome Baker, who starred on both sides of the football in the victory.

Jerome Baker is a four-star 2015 prospect out of Cleveland Benedictine, and one of the top juniors in the state of Ohio. His playoff performance last week might have lifted him to the top spot in state rankings.

Baker, 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, rushed for over 250 yards with five touchdowns from his tailback position. At linebacker, he contributed 12 tackles and an interception, as he led his team to a 52-35 win over Chagrin Falls.

"I just wanted to get the win, and we knew it was going to be a very tough game," Baker said. "We knew we would have to play our best to win, and that's what we did. Our offensive line was great and that was the key for us. Winning is all that matters to me."

"I think this was my best game individually," he added. "This is the playoffs, so that means everything to me. I will play wherever my team needs me. I love linebacker, because I love hitting people, but I love running the football too."

With offers from several BCS programs, Baker has hit the recruiting radar in a big way. He has only taken one recruiting visit this season.

"The only school I've been to is Illinois," he explained. "I went with a teammate, and I liked it a lot. Illinois has a great program, and the campus is beautiful. They have offered, and it was good to see the game with Wisconsin."

Although he declined to name a favorite school, Baker did admit that three are standing out to him at this time.

"I'm still open to everyone, so I don't want to have a favorite list at all, but Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are standing out," Baker said. "I would say Ohio State is the school I speak to the most, but I also stay in touch with Penn State and Michigan."

"With the playoffs going on, that's all I'm really concentrating on," he continued. "With the playoffs taking up a lot of time and practice every Saturday, it's hard to look at recruiting all that much. When our season ends, that's when I will look at it a lot more."

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