Keith Baker switches commit to UofL

Two-star New Jersey linebacker Keith Baker, who had earlier committed to Temple University, visited Louisville this weekend. Rated the No. 82 linebacker nationally, Baker backed out of his commitment to Temple for the Cardinals.

Keith Baker

Scotch-Plains (NJ) Fanwood High standout linebacker Keith Baker made an official visit to Louisville this weekend and verbally committed to the Cardinals.

"He was a great player for us and did a great job," said Steve Ciccotelli, Baker's high school coach. "He played tight end and inside linebacker. He's just very athletic. He's a special player and is (extremely) athletic. He has a motor that doesn't stop."

Baker, 6-4, 220, verbally committed to Temple last summer but instead is expected to sign with Louisville this Wednesday on National Signing Day.

"I've been dealing with Coach Brohm for about a month now – he's a real cool guy," Baker said. "And then Coach Roof and Coach Kragthorpe came over and I really liked them. Then I took my visit there. Once I saw the place, the facilities and atmosphere on campus I knew I had to go there. It was great."

Baker, who boasts 4.55 forty speed, is a two-star prospect and ranked the No. 82 prospect at his position nationally according to

A second-team All-State selection, Baker was named the Union County Player of the Year.

"I think I have a real good opportunity to (play) next year," Baker said. "I've just got to work hard and if I come in a little bigger and learn my plays I'll have an opportunity to play. I never really imagined myself to be able to play as a freshman in the Big East."

Baker registered 105 tackles and six sacks on defense as a junior and made 107 tackles and nine sacks as a senior.

Baker said that Syracuse and Akron made late pushes to get involved in his recruitment but he "didn't return their calls."

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