Former Louisville Cardinal will join the Hilltoppers on Friday

Graduate transfer Keith Brown will bring leadership and experience to the Hilltopper defense

Former University of Louisville linebacker Keith Brown is a WKU Hilltopper. The graduate transfer made his decision following an official visit with the WKU program last weekend.

"I'm about to be a Topper, I'm headed to The Hill," Brown told WKU Insider on Tuesday evening. "It's a great opportunity and I'm glad to have it."

The Miami, Fla., native enjoyed a successful four years at Louisville, helping the program to a trio of bowl victories.  He garnered Freshman All-American honors as an inside linebacker in 2012. After struggling with injuries in 2013, Brown moved to the outside edge under Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's scheme, where he recorded 33 tackles, including a pair for a loss, in a reserve role.

"It was a great four years there," he said. "I loved it there. I graduated from there, got my degree. We had a coaching change while I was there, but think both Coach Strong and Coach Petrino let me show my talent out there, but it was time for me to go. I wanted to move back inside.  It was great in Louisville though. The city was nice, my teammates were great. We won the Sugar Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl and we just won the Music City Bowl, so it was great the whole time I was there. There was nothing that I disliked about it."

When visiting The Hill, Brown spent time meeting with WKU head coach Jeff Brohm and defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

"I really bonded with those guys and I felt like we had a connection, so I went ahead and made the move."

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown will move back to the inside linebacker position in 2016 to help anchor an strengthening Hilltopper defense.  In addition to his valuable experience, Brown is geared up to return to his more natural position and become a leader this season.

"I can show them that I'm an All-American and that I can ball out," he said.  "I'll bring tenacity and leadership to the team, because I know what its like it be out there and be a big part of a defense."

Brown watched the Hilltoppers three times in 2015, catching the win over Marshall and the Miami Beach Bowl, as well as the loss at LSU. With the players returning to WKU, Brown has high expectations for his new team in 2016.

"The sky is limit. We went 12-2 last year, so we should be pretty good. We play Alabama the second week of the season, so if we can play good against those guys there is no telling what we can do."

Brown will arrive in Bowling Green on Friday and will begin working with the team on Monday.

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