Dan McDonnell and the University of Louisville baseball staff will receive National Letters of Intent this week from several of America's top prospects.
One of the biggest recruits who will sign on with Cardinals on Wednesday is Beaver Falls, Pa. left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay.
McKay, who committed to the Louisville program in August, is a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who, in addition to pitching, can also play first base and outfield. His .537 batting average, two home runs, and seven RBI as junior at Blackhawk High School have led to many scouts and coaches to call McKay one of the country's most "complete" prospects.
But McKay's dominance on the mound is what landed him a scholarship from Louisville. He went 16-0 with 228 strikeouts and a .009 ERA on his way to being named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Player of the Year.
While McKay is excited to sign with Louisville, he is also glad to finally let the recruiting process come to a close. His years at Blackhawk drew him attention from the likes of West Virginia, Wake Forest, Penn State, Tennessee, Kentucky, and a host of others.
"(Signing) just feels like an accomplishment, to know that you're finally done with recruiting, and you can focus on your upcoming baseball season," McKay said.
McKay states that the campus, the surrounding city, and the team's impending move to the ACC are some of the things that pulled him to commit to Louisville. But the Cardinals' trip to last season's College World Series certainly didn't hurt team's the chances with McKay, either.
"I saw that they made the College World Series last year," McKay said. "So it showed that they can beat some of the top-level teams in the SEC and the ACC."
McKay, who is projected as high draft pick in the next MLB draft, is excited for his final season of baseball at Blackhawk.
"This year, we just want to make the playoffs, hopefully win a district championship, and then hopefully play for the state championship," McKay said.
"But as for myself, I just want to go out there and keep playing my game; keeping pitching and hitting the way I have been and just go from there."