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December 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Bellevue’s Budda Baker commits to Oregon

Bellevue star Budda Baker verbally committed to Oregon on Friday afternoon, announcing his decision on Twitter.

Baker said he felt comfortable with the Oregon program and was impressed with the academic facilities when he made his visit on Nov. 16.

“This decision was maybe (made) three weeks ago, but I just had to think and keep talking to other colleges,” Baker told The Seattle Times. “I knew I was going to Oregon when I was talking to colleges I wasn’t really interested in talking to. I still wanted to talk to them at least for a little longer because I liked Oregon — I knew like 90 percent — but I still wanted to check so I knew that was the perfect place.”

Baker, a four-star recruit, is the top prospect in the Northwest and the No. 4 safety nationally, according to Scout.com. It won’t be defense that Baker will concentrate on at Oregon, though. The 5-foot-8, 177-pounder will be utilized on offense.

“They told me I’m going to have to work for it, which I really liked,” Baker said. “They didn’t sell me no B.S. thing, like I would start right away. They told me if I worked for it, the opportunity is there.”

Baker mostly played in the first half of games this season due to Bellevue’s dominance. He carried the ball 35 times for 600 yards (17.1 yards per carry) and scored 12 touchdowns on offense. Defensively, Baker had 59 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He also had four touchdowns on defense and special teams in leading the Wolverines to their sixth straight state title.

Baker was also considering Washington and UCLA and said, “my second choice was probably Washington.”

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