Vols make big impression on Baker

Jerome Baker

InsideTennessee keeps you on top of all the latest Tennessee football recruiting news. Scroll down to read about a prospect who recently visited Knoxville and calls his time in town "amazing."

Jerome Baker looks for a strict set of criteria when visiting schools.

The class of 2015 Scout four-star outside linebacker is searching for a program with rich tradition, a "great" atmosphere and a coaching staff that stresses academics.

After visiting Tennessee Thursday, Baker says the Tennessee program has all of that.

"I thought they fit all of that very well," Baker told InsideTennessee. "They have all of what I'm looking for, for real. Everyone handled themselves very well. They answered all the questions I had and it was just great. It was a great experience."

The Ohio native called his trip to Tennessee "very educational," saying he learned "tons" about the program.

Baker toured Tennessee's newly finished athletic facilities, sat down with the entire coaching staff and walk on the field at Neyland Stadium.

In his own words, the Vols "really helped themselves" during the visit.

"I can honestly say I can see myself playing at Tennessee," Baker said.

That being said, Baker still claims to have no leaders or favorites. He departs Knoxville and heads straight to Athens, Ga., to check out the Bulldogs. After that, he treks farther south to visit Florida.

"I'm just enjoying the process," Baker told IT. "I'm going to take my time. But, like I said, I really like the Vols. It was a good trip."

If you talk to Baker about his Tennessee trip for long enough, eventually he'll utter the word "amazing" — again and again and again.

"I had an amazing time. The people are amazing. The players are amazing," Baker said. The coaches are amazing. Overall, I just had a really great time. It really went well. It was a real good time. I like Tennessee."

While playing time is not one of his top priorities, he said Tennessee coaches stressed that should he don orange and white in college his talents would likely be utilized right away. It's an idea he's certainly fond of.

"I learned a lot. I learned that they're a very young team and you have the chance to play there. It's a school of opportunities," Baker told IT. "They're not focused on seniority there. If you're a freshman and you're good, you'll play. I like that a lot. They're going in the right direction, too. They have some good talent."

Baker, who got the chance to sit down with Tennessee's entire coaching staff, said Vols' coaches made him feel "welcome."

"They're all really good people," Baker said. "They have a great staff. Just overall, Tennessee has a lot going for them. It's a good place."

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