The Opening: Budda Baker

The Bellevue (Wash.) athlete, Budda Baker, talks his top five and playing on both sides of the ball at The Opening...

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker can play on either side of the ball and The Opening allowed him that opportunity.

Baker was terrific this week at both safety and receiver, scoring six touchdowns on Day Two and also having an interception.

"They wanted me to play safety and receiver so that's been fun," said Baker. "The drills have been fun, but it's about the 7on7, where the real fun is."

Baker has embraced his time in Beaverton.

"It's a great experience, just being out here with the best kids in the nation, and trying to get better," said Baker.

Baker said he is focusing on five schools right now, but was quick to say there is no order.

"My top five is Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Notre Dame,in no order," said Baker. "I'll announce either at the U.S. Army Bowl or after my season."

Baker camped at Arizona State and Washington and also visited Oregon when he was in town for the Oregon NFTC.

"I went to Washington this weekend, and that was great. I went to Arizona State about three weeks ago, and it was hot but really fun. I went to Orgeon before the NFTC and I loved it, they have great facilities.

He's planning to get to UCLA this summer to visit unofficially and see friend and former teammate Myles Jack, now a freshman with the Bruins.

"I went down there with Myles last year for a game and I'm going to get back down there this summer to see UCLA again and I'm going to visit them for sure," said Baker.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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