Cards pick up super-sized commitment

Jeremy Baker

Who is Jeremy Baker? He's a talented 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive tackle from Palm Beach, Florida. Baker made an official visit to Louisville this weekend with high school teammate Brandon Heath. He's also the latest prospect to verbally commit to the Cardinals.

Jeremy Baker, a 6-4, 320-pound defensive tackle from Palm Beach, Florida, was a surprise visitor to the University of Louisville this weekend.

Despite his impressive physical size, Baker is one of those recruits that has managed to stay below the radar. His name didn't appear on any list of visitors for the Cardinals this weekend, and he hasn't had much recruiting "buzz."

But that didn't stop Louisville from getting it done with this super-sized recruit during his visit this weekend.

Baker verbally committed to Bobby Petrino and Louisville before heading back to Florida Sunday afternoon. A high school teammate of talented Louisville recuit Brandon Heath, Baker chose Louisville over offers from Rutgers, South Floria and Middle Tennessee State. West Virginia, and several others showed interest.

"I committed to Louisville during my trip," Baker told InsideTheVille.com. "I just felt it was the best fit. I really liked the players on their team."

Friday night, Baker said the prospects met the Louisville coaching staff and had a special dinner. Saturday, Baker said they met with academic advisors, toured the campus, and then hung out with the U of L players and watched the U of L – UK basketball game. Before leaving Sunday, the prospects enjoyed breakfast and met with head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I liked the coaches and all the player are really close there – they're not separated, they do things together," Baker said. "It's like a big family there. I really liked the family atmosphere."

Baker said he chose Louisville to help the Cardinals win a first national title.

"The biggest factor was that I want to be a part of a program that is building toward winning a national championship," said Baker. "I didn't want to go to an established program and be just another statistic for them. I want to help a program that hasn't won a championship already."

It also didn't hurt Louisville's chances with Baker that they recruited him to play on the defensive line.

"They recruited me to play defense and that was another big factor," Baker added. "That's the position I want to play."

Baker said he was impressed with Louisville's bowl practice Saturday afternoon, and was impressed by the Cardinals facilities, including the new Trager in-door center.

"I liked the practice," Baker said. "It was very fast-tempo."

Baker said he's also looking forward to an expanded Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"It only holds about 45,000 right now, but they told us they're adding 20,000 more seats," Baker said. "So that place will be rocking in a few years."

The scouting report on Baker is that he has quick feet, good balance, and quickness for a player his size.

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