No Need To Rush

No Need To Rush

"I'm just giving everyone an opportunity to recruit me," Jonathan Baldwin said. "I want to get a good education and that's a main priority for me. I also don't want to redshirt. I would like to jump right into it...(But) there's no need to rush..." Growing up, Baldwin admits that Michigan was his favorite team. "I used to watch them all the time. They have a nice program ..."

Jonathan Baldwin, or J.B. as he prefers to be called, is the fantastic 6-foot-6, 215-pound wide receiver from Aliquippa (Pa.) who finished his junior season with 21 catches for 370 yards and five touchdowns.

"I want the ball all the time," Baldwin said. "I'm the go-to guy and I like running deep patterns. I don't let no cornerback jam me and come off the ball and attack hard.

"I want to improve my route running and footwork."

He benches 320 pounds and has a 43-inch vertical jump.

Baldwin, ranked No. 14 in the east by Scout.com, says he has approximately 13 cholarship offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Louisville, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and USC.

Although he denies a leader, Baldwin favors Notre Dame, Michigan, Pittsburgh and USC.

"I'm just giving everyone an opportunity to recruit me," Baldwin said. "I want to get a good education and that's a main priority for me. I also don't want to redshirt. I would like to jump right into it. I want to take my time and see what happens. There's no need to rush."

Growing up, Baldwin admits that Michigan was his favorite team. "I used to watch them all the time," he said. "They have a nice program and I've been there a few times and love their facilities. Everything looks brand new."

His first scholarship offer came from in-state favorite, Pittsburgh. The Panthers are only 30 miles from his house and Baldwin attended the Blue and Gold game. "I don't care about staying close, but Pittsburgh is a great school," Baldwin said. "I know a lot of people that go there already and everyone around here loves them."

He plans on attending the Pittsburgh camp this summer and hopes to visit several schools unofficially as well. Two of the schools most like to visit are Notre Dame and USC. "USC just offered me last week," Baldwin said. "My coach told me about it, but I haven't had a chance to talk to any of their coaches yet.

"I've never been to California, but I'd like to see what it's like. I just love the tradition that USC has and how good they are every year.

"Notre Dame has great tradition too," Baldwin said. "If you go there, you know you're guaranteed a great education and you know you'll get a great job if things don't work out with football. I will be visiting them on May 18 for an unofficial trip and I'm real excited because I've always wanted to see what its like."

Baldwin is also being recruited to play basketball and has hoops offers from Marquette, Florida State and Buffalo. He plays small forward and averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game. "I'm not sure if I'll play both sports," Baldwin said. "I haven't decided which one I'm going to do."

He reports a 3.3 core GPA and took the SAT on May 5.

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