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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Rutgers offers Millis OL/DL Jon Baker

By Brendan Hall

Millis/Hopedale Class of 2014 two-way lineman Jon Baker received an offer tonight from Rutgers University, his head coach Dale Olmstead told ESPNBoston.com.

Rutgers becomes the fourth Division 1 FBS school to extend an offer to Baker, joining Boston College, UConn and UMass -- all three of whom offered him last spring as a sophomore. Harvard and Yale have also offered from the FCS ranks, while Stanford, Michigan and Vanderbilt have all expressed varying amounts of interest.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker is considered one of the top prospects in New England, and generally projects as a center in college. In 2012, his junior season, he registered 78 tackles with four sacks at defensive tackle to earn a spot on ESPNBoston.com's annual All-State Team. He also earned Tri-Valley League Lineman of the Year honors for the second straight year, as the Mohawks made their second straight MIAA Division 4 playoff appearance.

"I'm very, very excited for the young man," Olmstead said. "It speaks volumes about kids not only Massachusetts but from any division. We're a Division 6 team, and to have a player like Jon Baker represent our team is one of a kind. We're very proud of his accomplishments on and off the field. Having Rutgers as the first team outside New England to offer speaks volumes about how he's looked upon not only in New England, but the country."

Baker has taken unofficial visits to Harvard, BC, UMass and UConn thus far. He plans on taking an unofficial visit to Rutgers at the end of April, when he is set to participate in a Nike Sparq combine in New York City.