In an email to members of the Boston media tonight, Millis/Hopedale head coach Dale Olmsted confirmed that his prized senior two-way lineman, Boston College commit Jon Baker, will undergo season-ending knee surgery after getting injured on Friday.
Two plays into the Mohawks' matchup with Tri-Valley League rival Bellingham, the 6-foot-3, 295-poound Baker tore his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while chasing down the quarterback. He is a two-time defending TVL Lineman of the Year, and last year made ESPN Boston's All-State Team as a defensive tackle. He was a preseason All-State selection this season by ESPNBoston.com, and the overwhelming favorite to capture Lineman of the Year honors.
Baker, a Millis resident, committed to BC last April, over offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, Temple, Ohio, UConn and UMass. He is considered the top offensive line prospect in New England for the 2014 class, an integral piece of an historic Top 25 recruiting class for first-year Eagles coach Steve Addazio.
Baker is set to graduate from Millis High School in December and enroll at BC in January. That is still the plan, according to Olmsted, but his likelihood of participating in spring drills is slim at best.
M-H was able to beat Bellingham in spite of the loss of Baker, securing a berth in the MIAA Division 6 South tournament in the process.