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Jerome Baker commits to Florida: Gators beat out Ohio State Buckeyes for 4-Star ATH

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Whenever the Florida Gators can land a 4-star recruit, their fans are obviously pleased. However, their latest commitment must feel extra sweet.

On Friday, the Gators landed a pledge from 4-Star Athlete/running back/outside linebacker Jerome Baker. Baker is from Cleveland, Ohio and attends Benedictine High School. He was thought to be a a lean to the Ohio State Buckeyes and even named them their leaders just last month. The Buckeyes are, of course, coached by former Gators’ head coach Urban Meyer, who the fans in Gainesville are not too fond of.

“The thing about Florida, I was thinking about them for a while, and then on Monday I flipped and it was Ohio State,” Baker said via Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports. “I talked to my family and Coach Durkin again, and he cleared some things up that were said and I knew I was coming and I’m a Gator.”

Baker’s visit to Florida just a few months ago sealed the deal.

“Just being down there with the players on my visit that stood out,” Baker said. “They were all working hard and that really stood out. This year they have the desire to get back. I could see the hunger in their eyes. I just want to get down there and work and win a National Championship for Florida. I’m definitely excited to be a Gator.”

The 6’2, 210-pounder is ranked as the country’s fourth-best athlete prospect, the second-best overall prospect in the state of Ohio and the 42nd-overall best prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Baker is the Gators’ 10th commitment in the class of 2015. Their class ranks 20th nationally and ninth in the SEC.

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