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January 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Budda Baker talks decommitment, UW visit

Budda Baker is not planning to announce his college decision until Signing Day, Feb. 5, but was impressed with Washington after his official visit this past weekend. He will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend.

“I thought it was great; I’ve already seen the facilities multiple times, so it was just a matter of talking to the new coaches and getting to know Coach [Jimmy] Lake, my DB coach, and Coach[Chris Petersen], the head coach,” Baker told the Times.  “I got an impression that they care more about developing guys into a man instead of just football. He’s bringing more discipline onto the team.”

Baker, a four-star recruit, committed to Oregon on Dec. 20, but reneged on that decision this past Friday. Oregon planned to use the 5-foot-10, 177-pound safety mainly on offense, which was a factor in Baker’s decision to decommit. The former Bellevue star wants to play on the defensive side of the ball and said that Washington’s plan is to use him as a safety. The Huskies told Baker they also envision implementing an offensive package for him, as well as having him return kicks.

“It wasn’t for me, I think,” Baker said of Oregon. “I was just thinking about straight up football at Oregon. I wasn’t really thinking about anything else. I also thought I don’t think I could live in Eugene for four years.”

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