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Remember, there are about 30 new faces (give or take) joining Boston College Eagles football in 2014. One of the earliest to have joined the 2014 recruiting class was Jon Baker.
Baker, an offensive guard from Millis, was sixth to commit to Steve Addazio’s team, making his choice verbally known just over a year ago in April 2013. The young lineman has not wavered since, despite sporting offers from schools such as Michigan State, Syracuse, UMass, and Rutgers, though his road to Boston College thereafter was not a pleasant one. Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury late in October of his senior season.
Surgery on his injured ACL hastened the end of his high school playing career, but the start of his new playing career was at hand, anyway: Jon Baker was destined to enroll early at Boston College, having graduated from high school in December.
Jon Baker #77: Fast Facts
- Position: Offensive guard
- Hometown: Millis, Massachusetts
- High School: Millis/Hopedale High School
- Measurements: 6-foot-3, 287 lb.
Boston College’s website lists him as 287 lb., but the YouTube video below says 300. Just so ya know.
- BC games played: Incoming freshman
Jon Baker #77: 2013 Season (HS)
- Starting offensive lineman
- Missed significant playing time due to ACL injury
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
Baker was no stranger to accolades during his time at Millis/Hopedale. Over the course of his 41 career games, he was Lineman of the Year twice in the Tri-Valley League, which encompasses a number of high schools southwest of Route 128.
Sometimes it can be hard to say with linemen as far as who will play as a true freshman and who will redshirt. A major injury and the resulting recovery can also be tricky to gauge. If Jon Baker is healed, at his size and relative skill level, it is plausible that he could make the two-deep as a freshman, but somewhat unlikely at this point as the starters and backups at guard from 2013 are returning. There’s always the chance of playing one’s way into the lineup, but only time will tell on that.