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 Scout.com.
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."