LB Jerome Baker, Ohio State’s leading tackler this season, will bypass senior season

Jerome Baker
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Junior linebacker Jerome Baker, Ohio State’s leading tackler this season, announced Monday that he is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

He announced his decision on Twitter.

Baker had 72 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble this season. He ends his Buckeyes career with 158 tackles and a reputation for making big plays in big games.

Baker’s top games include a 16-tackle performance against Wisconsin in Ohio State’s 27-21 win in the 2017 Big Ten title game and a 15-tackle day in OSU’s 30-27 double-overtime victory over Michigan in 2016.

He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media in his sophomore and junior seasons.

Junior linebacker Dante Booker, who started seven games this season, also could turn pro. But Tuf Borland (nine starts) and Malik Harrison (one) will return in 2018.

Baker is the third Buckeye to turn pro early, joining defensive end Sam Hubbard and cornerback Denzel Ward.

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