First Member Of IU's Class a Big One

Edward Wright-Baker went to Purdue on Thursday and came away with a scholarship offer, but it wasn't enough to keep him from committing to the Hoosiers during a Friday visit. Jeffersonville Coach Steve Cooley talked to HoosierNation.com about Wright-Baker's pledge...

It didn't take IU long to land a big name for its 2009 recruiting class.

Jeffersonville (Ind.) H.S. Coach Steve Cooley confirmed to HoosierNation.com today that quarterback Edward Wright-Baker verbally committed to the Hoosiers today during a visit to the Bloomington campus. The 6-2, 200-pound dual-threat signal caller arrived on campus Friday morning and committed to IU Coach Bill Lynch before leaving for home.

Wright-Baker picked Indiana over a handful of offers, including Purdue, Kentucky and Louisville. He was actually at Purdue Thursday for a camp and received an offer from the Boilermaker staff, but made the trip to Bloomington Friday and gave Lynch his pledge.

"He was comfortable with Indiana," Cooley said. "I know he really liked Kentucky, I know he really liked Purdue. He said after being up there today with Coach Lynch and the staff, he was comfortable, they'll give him a chance to play quarterback. He wanted to do it. It's where he thought he fit in the best."

Wright-Baker is a huge get for the Hoosiers. One of the elite quarterbacks in the state, Wright-Baker accounted for 2,600 yards of total offense and 39 touchdowns while leading Jeffersonville to a 10-3 record last season. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Wright-Baker completed 112-of-206 passes for 1,502 yards and 20 scores, and he added another 1,122 yards rushing and 19 scores on 164 carries.

Cooley said Wright-Baker is the same-sort of dual-threat signal caller that IU fans have enjoyed watching the last two seasons while Kellen Lewis has been leading the Hoosier offense.

"I think (Indiana) sees him as a difference amerk who potentially could be a Kellen Lewis type for them down the road," Cooley said. "He can put his foot down and it looks like he got shot out of a cannon when he explodes and breaks the line of scrimmage and is gone, on any play."


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