“I think BC has their poster child to be honest with you,” Millis-Hopedale coach Dale Olmsted said of the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker, a two-time Lineman of the Year in the Tri-Valley League. “A kid from Massachusetts with that kind of athleticism and those types of grades, any program would be happy to have him.”
Baker had been offered scholarships by University of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rutgers, Michigan State, Old Dominion, and Temple. Both Harvard and Yale also pursued him.
But in the end, according to Olmsted, Baker’s discussions about potential landing spots always came back to BC, which offered the opportunity to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference while remaining close to home. The Eagles also have a long history of sending linemen to the NFL, which is Baker’s ultimate dream. He plans to take pre-med classes.
Roxbury Latin athletic director Tony Teixeira said the 6-3, 240-pound Cohee “is very excited for the opportunity to play for his hometown Eagles.”
He also received offers from UConn and UMass Amherst.
Lenny Megliola can be reached at email@example.com. Correspondent Phil Perry also contributed to this story.