Quinton Baker and Drew O'Bryan spent time at their future homes this weekend.
But for the two Ashland Blazer standouts the Western Kentucky University campus will become home a lot sooner than most of their future teammates in the Class of 2016.
O'Bryan and Baker report the official visits went great and both are set to graduate on Friday and will enroll at WKU next month. Both will be eligible to participate in spring ball with the Toppers.
"That's a game changer," Baker said. "It's a whole semester ahead of everybody else in school and also learning the plays and getting adjusted to the college game. It's really big."
O'Bryan said defensive cooridnator Nick Holt had him watching film this weekend "because I'm a mid-year guy they expect me to come in and play. I'll get a chance and be ahead of the other high school (freshmen)."
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Baker - who is considered a top candidate for Kentucky's Mr. Football - rushed for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns this season for the Tomcats (9-3). He averaged 10.1 yards a carry.
Baker started all four years for the Tomcats and rushed for 6,234 career yards and scored 86 touchdowns. He had 79 rushing TDs and finished his career No. 18 on the state's all-time list of career rushing leaders.
Originally a commitment to Kentucky, Baker backed off that last year and then committed to Marshall. He flipped his commitment two weeks ago after visiting Bowling Green for the WKU-Marshall game. His father, Al, is a former 5,000-yard rusher at Trigg County High who played at UK.
"It's worked out perfectly for me," Baker said. "I had this oppoerunity and just couldn't pass it up."
Baker, who made his third trip to WKU, said the visit was "just great" and noted he spent a lot of time with the staff.
"I got to be with all of the coaches and meet the whole team," he said. "It was a matter of getting in there with the whole coaching staff. I knew coach (Jeff) Brohm and the offensive staff but this time I got to know the whole team."
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound O'Bryan is a linebacker who at one time was committed to Ball State. But he made his commitment to the Toppers in July and said his visit was "the best weekend I've had in a long time."
"It was more just being around the coaches and seeing how it's a family," he said.
O'Bryan said his time to get on campus is "coming quickly," but he's excited to join the roster and be able to participate in spring practice with the Toppers.
"It's crazy but it's going to be great," he said.