This morning Ohio University became the ninth Division 1 school to extend a scholarship offer to Millis/Hopedale Class of 2014 two-way lineman Jon Baker, his head coach Dale Olmsted told ESPNBoston.com this afternoon.
The Bobcats are the second FBS school from outside the New England region to offer Baker, joining Rutgers, which offered earlier this month. Those two schools join UMass, UConn and Boston College -- who all offered last spring -- along with FCS schools Harvard, Yale, Old Dominion and Holy Cross. Stanford, Michigan and Vanderbilt have also expressed varying amounts of interest.
Olmsted told ESPNBoston.com earlier this month that Baker will likely take an unofficial visit to Rutgers towards the end of April. To date, Baker has taken unofficials to Harvard, BC, UMass and UConn.
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.
Olmsted also told ESPNBoston.com today that Wisconsin and UCLA plan on making visits to Millis in April. Both those schools have been known in recent years to take last-minute flyers on Bay State products -- the Bruins with Lawrence Academy linebacker Mike Orloff shortly before signing day in 2011, and Wisconsin late last month picking up Everett defensive back Jakarrie Washington.