Bellevue’s Budda Baker committed to Washington tonight, choosing the Huskies over UCLA in an announcement on King 5. He will still take part in the National Signing Day event at Bellevue High School tomorrow at 7 am.
Baker talked to The Seattle Times about his decision.
On if family was the biggest reason: “That was probably one of the biggest reasons.”
On if he was thinking about family when he decommitted from Oregon: “It was on my mind. I knew it was pretty close, five hours away, I believe. When I committed, I liked it for the first two weeks and then kept thinking about it and I was like, ‘Naw, I can’t. I wouldn’t be able to do this.’”
On what he else he needed to hear from UW to choose the Huskies: “It was mostly discipline. I’m one of those person that’s raised from Bellevue football, so we have a lot of discipline on the team. He just had discipline in his main factor, so I really liked that. And the position he said he see me playing was real good, which was defense, free safety.”
On if the comparison of high school coach Butch Goncharoff to UW’s Chris Petersen will help the transition: “Most definitely. I know Petersen’s the one that’s going to be having people run get water, run and all that stuff. I already done that in high school. I feel like with a lot of kids around here, it’s just going to be a wake-up call, but for me, I’ve been raised enough to know the little things count. So I feel like I’ll get a head start.”
On if he thinks he can start right away: “Most definitely. First got to start out from the bottom and then hopefully get to that starting spot.”
On what the coaches said about him starting: “What the coaches told me, they showed me the depth chart, they showed me all the DBs and I came in there knowing all that stuff. At least I think I know I can get that starting position.”
On how close UCLA was: “UCLA, it was real close. Everything they’re doing up there is real great. Education is real great. Myles [Jack], he’s a best friend, he’s over there. But the thing with staying home and I know I already have a good brand here, so I’m just trying to develop into that brand and make it greater.”
On if he talked to former teammate Myles Jack, who’s now at UCLA: “I talked to him yesterday about it and he just said, ‘Do what you got to do, bro.’”
On if he talked to UCLA coach Jim Mora: “I called Mora before this all happened. He said the same exact thing. He was just like said, ‘I really wanted you, but I’m happy for you and hopefully you do good at Washington.’”
On when he told Petersen: “I told Petersen last night. He was real pumped.”