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Budda Baker: “At the end of the day, this was my gut feeling”

Post by TJ Cotterill / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2014 at 9:33 am with No Comments »
February 5, 2014 10:10 am

Budda Baker unveiled his commitment to the University of Washington Tuesday on KING-5 on Tuesday, but made it official with a fax Wednesday morning.

I trekked to Bellevue High to speak with the state of Washington’s top-ranked recruit at 7 this morning. Baker said UW coach Chris Peterson told him he would play free safety and include him in a package on offense as well.

Baker committed to Oregon in December, but decommitted in mid-January. He took an official visit to UW the following weekend, a visit to UCLA the weekend of Jan. 25 then said he decided he wanted to be a Husky.

“At the end of the day, this was my gut feeling,” Baker said this morning. “I wanted to go to Washington.

“It got hectic for a little bit, talking to a bunch of reporters, having them call me all the time. It was crazy. But after that, I just didn’t answer anyone’s phone calls, not even from my coaches, and I just sat down by myself and figured out where I was going.”

Baker is ranked as a four-star athlete, one of four four-star recruits UW has signed so far, which includes Fife’s Kaleb McGary. Petersen had three four-star recruits from 2009-2013 at Boise State.

Baker had considered going to Boise State, so he was already fond of Petersen before the coach came to Washington the first week of December.

“I talked with him at Boise State and then I saw he got the job at Washington,” Baker said. “It was a matter of me going to meet with him and talk about the plan that he has and I was cool with it.

“Numbers don’t lie and they did a great job at Boise State,” Baker said. “So I feel like we can take the next step at Washington.”

UW has cleaned up in the state of Washington so far. After Steve Sarkisian took flak for not recruiting well within the state, despite convincing Kasen Williams (Skyline) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Gig Harbor) in 2011, Peterson has started off quick, with Baker and McGary headlining the state’s best. Bellevue’s Shane Bowman, Newport of Bellevue’s Drew Sample, Eastlake’s Drew Lewis also sent a fax to UW this morning.

Bellevue DL Marcus Griffin was only in-state four-star recruit to spurn the UW. He signed with Arizona this morning.

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