Jeffersonville's Wright-Baker Back For More

Bloomington - For the second time in two weeks, Edward Wright-Baker was in Bloomington. After making his official visit last weekend, the Jeffersonville (Ind.) quarterback was in town for a basketball game Saturday. Afterwards, Wright-Baker talked to HoosierNation.com about the presence of the IU staff at his basketball game and about how solid his commitment is...

Bloomington – Edward Wright-Baker didn't have the best of trips to Bloomington.

There wasn't anything wrong with the Jeffersonville (Ind.) H.S. standout's trip to town for his official visit to the IU football program last weekend, which he said "went great." But one week after his official visit he made a return trip as a member of the Jeffersonville H.S. boy's basketball team, and the Red Devils were handed a 73-54 loss by the state's top-ranked Bloomington South basketball squad.

Despite the disappointing basketball result, Wright-Baker and his family were all smiles shortly after the game. Before they returned home they had a chance to see several members of the IU football staff who were in attendance at the basketball game. IU assistant coaches Dennis Springer, Matt Canada, Billy Lynch, Kyle Conner, Joe Palcic and Mike Yeager were on hand to watch the talented quarterback prospect.

"That means a lot that they'd all come to my game," said Wright-Baker, who scored two points in the game Saturday night. "That's the reason I committed, because I'm close with all of the coaches."

Springer recruits southern Indiana and has been the point man in IU's efforts with the 6'2", 205-pounder. But Saturday night showed that it's been a group effort all along with Wright-Baker, who is Scout.com's 43rd ranked quarterback nationally and an extremely important part of IU's 2009 recruiting class.

The dual-threat signal caller is coming off a big senior season statistically, accounting for more than 2,500 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns. He completed 120-of-211 passes for 1,757 yards and 12 touchdowns, and added another 850 yards rushing and 18 scores on 140 carries.

Wright-Baker showed off those dual-threat skills as well during his junior season, which originally prompted the Hoosiers to be the first to offer a scholarship. He quickly developed a bond with the IU staff and as a result became the first player to commit to IU for the 2009 class.

"They're real," Wright-Baker said of the IU staff. "They don't fake anything. They talk to me straight, they're fun and they have good personalities."

While Wright-Baker had a chance to see the members of the IU staff in passing Saturday night, last week he had an extended opportunity to sit down with the staff during his official visit. During his time in town he was able to tour the athletic facilities as well as the campus, and he came away impressed with everything he saw and everyone he came into contact with during his three-day stay.

"(The visit) was really nice – it's a really nice campus and a big campus," Wright-Baker said. "There are a lot of good people on campus and a lot of good people on the football team and good people on the coaching staff."

That bond with the staff was the reason Wright-Baker originally committed to IU back in May, and it's why he said he won't give any thought to reconsidering that pledge before the February signing date.

"I'm officially going to Indiana," Wright-Baker said. "One hundred percent."


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