Irish Still on Baker's Mind

Bellevue (Wash.) High four-star safety prospect Budda Baker talked about whether Notre Dame visited his school this spring, and whether he will visit Notre Dame this summer.

Notre Dame is yet to visit Bellevue (Wash.) High four-star safety prospect Budda Baker this spring, but it doesn't suggest a lack of interest.

And the 5-foot-10, 177 pound Baker said it also hasn't dampened his thoughts about the Irish.

"They told me they're busy and they haven't forgotten about me," baker said. "I respect that. I'm interested. I just want to go down there and visit, and hopefully it will be in the summer so I can check it out."

Baker thinks highly enough of the Irish that he trimmed his offer list to six schools, and the Irish are on it. So is Florida State, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA and Oregon.

However, just because four of the six are from the Pac-12 doesn't mean Baker plans on staying on the West Coast to play in college.

"What my family tells me and what my coaches tell me, it's all up to me," Baker said. "So, I'm keeping my mind open."

The openness has Baker eyeing a visit to Notre Dame to check out the campus and the school, and to catch up with friend Keivarae Russell, a freshman with the Irish from the Seattle area.

"He played as a true freshman, and I like how they're not afraid to start the young guys," Baker said. "He said he loved it there, and the education there is great. He said the coaches treat you like a true player, like any other player, and if you do well and show out you'll play."

Baker is also looking for an in-depth look at the program since his knowledge is basic.

"I know they have a great history," Baker said. "Of course, they made it to the national championship, so I want to see what they're work ethic is and how they do it there."

Baker is yet to set a visit date for South Bend, Ind., but he also isn't in a hurry.

If he cannot get to campus in the summer, an official visit in the fall could be on the agenda since it is unlikely he makes a decision prior to December.

"Probably after my season so I have a chance to visit all the schools," Baker said of a visit. "I don't want to be committed and visiting schools. I want to visit the schools, see what they have, and then commit. Once I commit, I'm staying with the school." Top Stories