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December 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Bellevue’s Budda Baker commits to Oregon

Budda Baker is flying away.

The prized recruit from Bellevue High School has committed to Oregon, spurning an offer from the hometown Huskies, from UCLA and others.

Baker, a four-star safety recruit, announced his decision Friday afternoon on Twitter.

Baker is the top prospect in the Northwest and the No. 4 safety nationally, according to Scout.com. The All-American was named the Washington state Player of the Year by The Seattle Times, The News Tribune and the Associated Press.

The 5-foot-8, 177-pound Baker also plays running back and returns kicks. He has expressed interest in playing on both sides of the ball at the collegiate level and has been compared to Oregon athlete De’Anthony Thomas for his athleticism and playmaking abilities.

Baker mostly played in the first half of games this season due to Bellevue’s dominance. He still managed 59 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and four touchdowns on defense and special teams in leading the Wolverines to their sixth straight state title.

More from The Seattle Times’ Josh Liebeskind here.

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