Budda Baker will don purple and gold next year.
The state’s top recruit announced he will attend Washington live on the King 5 news Tuesday night. The four-star Bellevue athlete originally said he planned to attend Oregon on Dec. 20, but backed out of that commitment on Jan. 17. He was also considering UCLA.
Baker was originally scheduled to unveil his decision Wednesday morning — National Signing Day — at a ceremony at Bellevue High School at 7 am. He will still be at the ceremony to sign his National Letter of Intent.
Baker is rated as the No. 4 safety nationally by Scout.com. Oregon had told him it wanted to use him mainly on offense, but Baker told The Seattle Times that he wanted to play defense. UW coaches told Baker on his official visit on Jan. 18 that it wanted to employ him as a free safety, on kick and punt returns, and also put in an offensive package for the dynamic athlete.
The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Baker ran for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 35 carries (17.1 yards per carry) in 2013. He scored four touchdowns on defense and special teams.
Baker was named the Washington state player of the year by both The Seattle Times and The Associated Press, and was selected to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which was played on Jan. 3.
Congrats to my guy @buddabaker32 proud to be able to still call him my teammate
— Shane Bowman (@shanebowman54) February 5, 2014