Baldwin Begins To Think About Officials

Jonathan Baldwin is now thinking about setting up his official visits, and Notre Dame is a likely destination. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound four-star receiver prospect from Aliquippa, Pa., listed the likely destinations as nearby Pittsburgh, Miami and South Bend. Michigan was one of his four favorites, but with Lloyd Carr retiring, he has dropped the Wolverines from his current list of favorites.

Unable to get away during the football season, Jonathan Baldwin will try and set up a few visits for this month, because a verbal commitment is a strong possibility at the U.S. Army All-American game.

"I'm going to try and get them set up now that the football season is over," Baldwin said. He finished the year with 41 receptions for 616 yards and nine touchdowns, as Aliquippa High lost to Terrelle Pryor and Jeannette High in the third round of the state playoffs. "I had that pushed off to the side."

The problem is, Baldwin is now in basketball season, trying to lead his team back to the state title game. So he's still not sure where these potential visits would fit into his schedule.

Baldwin, who's father played defensive end at Pittsburgh, had a nice time when he visited Notre Dame back in March. He keeps in touch with Irish assistant coach John Latina about once a month.

"He just tells me that they want to get me up there and get more details about the school, and what they plan for me," Baldwin said. "They really want me. They want me to play early, they need me, stuff like that."

The major hurdle with Baldwin and Notre Dame is a qualifying ACT score.

Baldwin said he just got his second test results recently, and isn't sure if it's good enough. He is going to tell his guidance counselor to make sure that the score gets sent to Notre Dame.

And as for Michigan, just because they might be out of the picture at the moment, isn't the end of it for them. They will certainly get a chance to make another push.

"I heard about the coaching switch," Baldwin stated. "As of now they're not on my list. If they get a coach I like, I can talk to him and see how things are going. We'll go from there. As of now they're not on my list anymore."

Earlier in the recruiting process, Baldwin had to trim a few basketball schools from his list. He called the coaches at Marquette, Tennessee and Buffalo, whom all offered scholarships, and Maryland, another program that was heavy in the mix.

"I just decided that I'm going to stick to football and this will be the last time I will play basketball," Baldwin said. He averaged 23 points and 9.5 rebounds last season. "Basketball was my first love, but I had to make a decision to better myself."

On top of the Army game, Baldwin said he'll likely play in the Big 33 Classic all-star game, pitting the best players from Ohio and Pennsylvania against each other.


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