Indiana swam against the tide in its recruitment of Delroy Baker, fighting off more local, more established powerhouse programs. The Hoosiers reached shore Friday.
IU landed a commitment from Baker, a three-star offensive tackle, Friday morning, when the Ocala (Fla.) West Port lineman picked the Hoosiers over in-state power Florida. Baker is the fifth commitment for Indiana in the 2014 class, and carrying an overall rating of 86, according to 247Sports, he is the co-highest-rated player in that group now.
Indiana has been a player in Baker’s recruitment for some time, and as recently as last week, he visited Bloomington, spending plenty of time with both players and coaches.
"I chose Indiana because after the first hour of being there, I felt like this is where I belong," Baker told Luke Stampini on Friday morning. "It's just my gut feeling, and thankfully, everything else fell into place."
He put the Hoosiers in his final two with Florida, but it was long believed, even up to his commitment, that the Gators held the lead. Baker’s announcement Friday turned that consensus on its head.
Baker also held offers from Miami, Connecticut, Missouri, Florida State and South Florida, among others.
"It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders," Baker said. "I'm a man of my word, and I'm committed to being a Hoosier."
Inside Indiana will have more on this developing story.