Baker makes an impact early at The Opening

Four-star Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker showed why he is one of the top prospects out west during the morning session at The Opening.

Top Washington prospect Budda Baker made an early impact at The Opening during 1-on-1 match ups on Monday morning. Lined up primarily as a receiver, Baker made a few tough catches on deep routes, drawing cheers from the coaches.

Though some schools, like Oregon and Notre Dame, are looking at Baker as a safety and slot receiver, the four-star athlete said that he's still focused on primarily on defense.

"I definitely like receiver a lot, but my heart's at safety," Baker said. "I did like, one rep at safety, and then the coaches wanted to me to be wide receiver so I did that. I think they just wanted to see my potential at wide receiver."

Happy to be able to stand out early in the camp, Baker is looking forward to building on his momentum amongst the best athletes in the nation as the camp rolls on.

"These are the best guys I've ever gone against," Baker said. "It's fun going against them and I just can't wait for the 7-on-7's tomorrow and the next day."

Baker plans on showing off more of his versatility on both sides of the ball during the 7-on-7's. Thus far, Baker already has a plan on what he wants to accomplish over the next two days as part of Team #Apocalypse.

"Hopefully play some receiver and defense, get some picks, and win this whole thing," Baker said.

Baker also provided an update on his recruitment, and has several Pac-12 schools still in contention.

"I'm still with Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington," Baker said.

With Oregon, Baker is staying in contact with the coaches on a regular basis.

"We talk approximately every week and just see how each other are doing," Baker said.

Though some will use the camp as a platform to announce which school they will attend, Baker is staying patient and evaluating schools heading into the summer. He plans on taking visits soon.

"After The Opening, I'll plan some," Baker said.


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