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Football Recruiting
Cleveland Athlete Jerome Baker Selects Florida Over Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second time in as many days, the Buckeyes lost one of the state's best 2015 players to an out-of-state foe as Cleveland Benedictine athlete Jerome Baker committed to the University of Florida Friday morning.

Baker (6-1 205) is a four-star prospect and Rivals ranks him as their #3 athlete in the nation. He was a First-Team All-State running back for Benedictine this past season. The Buckeyes were recruiting him as a linebacker, but as his accolades suggest, he is also a very talented running back.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State will still likely continue recruiting Baker as they won't give up so easily. Florida head coach Will Muschamp is on a bit of a hot seat and another poor performance this season could see him looking for a new job. If that was to happen, then the Buckeyes and their stability could very well get back into the picture.

Ohio State already has two linebackers committed in the 2015 class in Nick Conner and Justin Hilliard. Five-star Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson has scheduled an official visit to Ohio State for the Illinois game this season.

The Buckeyes are still looking for a walk-out linebacker in this class, and while that player may ultimately be Baker, right now they have to alter their plans.

Though perhaps they already have a walk-out linebacker committed in the 2015 class. Maryland safety Tyler Green (6-3 195) is essentially the same size as redshirt freshman Chris Worley was when he arrived at Ohio State. Worley began as a safety and is now a linebacker.

Green's athleticism and experience at safety would fall right in line with current walk-out linebackers Darron Lee and Worley, both of whom began as safeties before moving a notch closer to the line of scrimmage.

While that may be an eventual fix, the more immediate plan will simply be to keep after Jerome Baker.

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