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The nation's No. 1 athlete in the 2015 class, Jerome Baker of Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine, is set to visit two Big Ten schools this weekend, both of which have already offered.
Baker had been offered by Bill O'Brien's staff at Penn State, and that offer has been reaffirmed since James Franklin took over in State College.
"I have talked to coach Franklin, but I usually talk to coach (Brent) Pry," Baker said. "On the phone they said I still have an offer. They basically want me to come up and get to know the staff again.
"I was waiting until National Signing Day was done, and now that that is over I have been talking to them a little more. I am real excited to meet the whole coaching staff. On the phone they sounded excited, young and eager, so I am excited to see what they have in place to be successful."
Baker has made two previous visits to State College. The first time he was on campus was during middle school and he attended last year's spring game.
"I am just looking forward to seeing something new, see the position and see what things they have to offer," Baker said. "They are leaning towards linebacker. He told me the defense and I think it was the STAR position."
Michigan State is also looking at the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Baker as a linebacker. He is being recruited by Spartan's assistant coach Jim Bollman and will be accompanied by two teammates on his visit to East Lansing this weekend.
"There are going to be three of us going up there who are being recruited by Michigan State - me, LaMarr Davis and Justin Layne," Baker said.
This will be Baker's first time on Michigan State's campus, but he is familiar with what they accomplished on the field this past season.
"The first thing that comes to mind is definitely defense," Baker said. "It is a tough, physical defense and that is what I like about Michigan State. They fly around and me playing linebacker I love to do that.
"I am excited to get up there and learn more about Michigan State. I don't know that their tradition is like Ohio State's or Michigan's or Penn State's, so I want to see what the past of Michigan State is all about."
Besides being the top-ranked athlete prospect in the country, Baker is also the No. 25 overall player in the country and the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state of Ohio.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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