Pa. Jr. WR Jonathan Baldwin Has Football Fav

Nationally, the wide receiver position will arguably be the strongest position group for the recruiting class of 2008. One of the prospects leading this group, a future Top 100 player, is Aliquippa Senior high school WR/TE Jonathan Baldwin. And he says it's, "just Michigan right now …"

At 6-foot-6 and 220+ pounds, Jonathan Baldwin is not your typical high school wide receiver. "People like to compare me to Randy Moss and TO [Terrell Owens]; just how they play though, not how they act. I think my strengths are my speed, catching the ball, my ability to get open, and blocking." Baldwin also reports a 4.31 40 yard dash.

Jonathan's athleticism is also certainly a quality to add to that list as Jonathan is a very talented basketball player as well. In hoops this season he is averaging 22 points and seven rebounds per game. However, although he loves hoops and could well decide to play it in college instead of football, he is generally considered the better football prospect.

As far as football goes, at a school that bases its football offense off the running game and pounding the ball, Baldwin still put up some very impressive numbers last season with 21 catches for 470 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is not satisfied however and would like to improve in every category. "I'd like to get faster and catch better. As a team, I want to win the MAC conference, then the WPIAL championship and take home a state title."

Although Jonathan will not be attending any camps this summer, he has visited Michigan on a number of occasions, including watching last year's Michigan – Michigan State game. "They have a really nice facility there. I actually used to watch Michigan growing up." Baldwin has also caught Michigan's attention. "I have offers from Michigan [written offer], Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Pitt, and Georgia Tech."

Jonathan will likely decide where to attend college after his senior year, but he provided some insight into what he's looking for in a program. "First of all, I want to go to a place with strong academics; that's just how I was brought up. I also want to go to a school that has a really good quarterback and offensive line. I want a strong team defensively too. There has to be coaching stability there too because I don't want the head coach to leave and then be replaced by another guy because he may not like me."

As far as football vs. basketball, he said, "To tell you the truth, I'm not sure what I'm going to school for right now, either basketball or football."

And The Question: GBW asked him, "So do you have any leaders or a group of schools that really stand out for you?"

"No … just Michigan right now for football."

By the way, in case Aliquippa rings a bell, it's the home of former U-M great CB Ty Law ... Baldwin's cousin.

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