Baldwin Narrows Field

In just a few drills during the University of Pittsburgh's Prospects Camp Friday, wideout Jonathan Baldwin from Aliquippa, Pa. High School showed why is among the top-rated and most sought-after players from the East.

On one crossing pattern, Jonathan Baldwin reached back to pull in a pass that was badly thrown behind him. On another he stretched out his 6-foot-6 frame to snag a wide toss. And then, just for good measure, Baldwin ran a perfect corner route and hauled in a toss over his shoulder.

Only a handful of schools have a chance to secure his talents now, as Baldwin has narrowed his final recruiting list to six. But he could only come up with four schools when asked to name them.

"Right now, I like Pittsburgh, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame ... and I don't even know the other two offhand,'' Baldwin said.

Baldwin's Aliquippa Quips have had a strong pipeline to Pitt over the years, including linebacker Brandon Lindsey in this year's incoming freshman class, but Baldwin said that and the school's proximity to his hometown won't necessarily play a large role in determining his final choice.

"I just like Pitt,'' Baldwin said. "I always watched them on TV all the time and came here to some games, and I like the whole atmosphere. It's a good school with good coaches, so it's high on my list.''

Baldwin said that he'll likely take three official visits, but wouldn't reveal where he would go. Until then, he's just working out and preparing for his senior season at Aliquippa. Baldwin has more free time now since he narrowed his college choices to 10, and some schools backed off his recruitment.

"It wasn't as crazy as people thing, and I guess I had some fun with being recruited,'' Baldwin said. "But it really wasn't a pain or anything like that. I just tried to go with it for a while, and I'll probably make a decision after the season. Until then, I'll just keep working out.

"The summer's been going good so far, and I've been lifting weights and working out for the upcoming season. I've also been doing some work with my quarterback, so we're getting our timing down now. I think we should be stronger than last year. We have a lot of good guys coming back.''

Baldwin said that even though he's gearing up for his senior football season, he also looks forward to playing basketball this winter for the Quips.

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