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January 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Q&A with Bellevue’s Budda Baker

Bellevue High School's Budda Baker was The Seattle Times' 2013 state player of the year. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Bellevue High School’s Budda Baker was The Seattle Times’ 2013 state player of the year. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

In an interview with The Seattle Times’ Josh Liebeskind this evening, Bellevue standout Budda Baker talked about his decommitment from Oregon and said he had a “great” visit to Washington over the weekend

If you missed it last month, here’s Liebeskind nice feature on Baker and his family.

The Q&A with Baker today:

On his decommitment from Oregon: It wasn’t for me, I think. 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.

On if there were any other reasons: It was just mostly the location and I wanted to play defense.

On if he’ll take an official visit to UCLA: I’m taking that this weekend.

On his UW visit: 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.

On his impressions of the coaches: 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. Those were probably the two main factors.

On if those are positives: Those are real positives.

On how he plans to announce: I don’t really know yet. I think I might have something at the school.

On if it helps that Bellevue teammate Shane Bowman recently committed to UW: It helps, but that’s just a plus, I’m not really looking forward to it. It’s just a real good plus, especially because he’s a good friend.

On what UW wants him for: They told me what they need and what they want me to do. They want me to play free safety, and then have a package on offense and do kick return and all that stuff.

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