Baker Wants To Visit

The Bellevue (Wash.) safety, Budda Baker, is hoping to visit his former teammate, Myles Jack, this fall...

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker (5-10, 176), did a number of camps this summer, and then saw most of the country open their season two weeks ago.

Playing the last game in the state on Saturday night, the nightcap of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, Baker and his Wolverine teammates finally got to get in pads and play a real game.

"Our game had to start late (because of the game before), and we were getting anxious," said Baker. "We just wanted our game to start and to start hitting someone. We were a little slow and getting used to the crowd and we didn't look good on our first drive."

The second drive, though, looked much better, thanks to Baker, who scored a 7-yard touchdown and then later added a 47-yard touchdown run and also forced a fumble in the first half, before sitting much of the second half in Bellevue's 45-7 rout of Skyline.

"Honestly, I thought we would beat them by a lot" said Baker. "I'm not saying Skyline is a bad team, but we worked so hard so this is a great win. We had a lot of mistakes. Their defensive line was great, but after the first touchdown, we said we'd scored after every drive and we almost did."

Baker's impact on both sides of the game is why he's the top prospect in the Northwest and one of the elite recruits nationally.

And while his heart is on one side, he'd love the opportunity to play on both sides.

"With me, I just want to get on the field," said Baker. "The longer I'm on the field, the better my team does. I love to play offense and defense in high school and hopefully in college I'll do the same. Coaches talk to me about what position I want to play and I told them my heart is on defense but if they need another slot or running back from time to time, I'm listening."

Baker did a lot of listening last week, with September 1st making his phone ring a ton.

"The main schools calling were Oregon, Texas A&M, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA, my top five," said Baker. "Some others have called but I'm looking at my top five."

Baker was hoping to get down to College Station this weekend for an official visit to Texas A&M, which would have given him a shot to see Alabama come to town.

Instead, he'll likely see another SEC school, but this one at a Pac-12 school that he's high on.

"I'll do Texas A&M later in the year, but I'm trying to get down this Saturday for the Oregon-Tennessee," said Baker. "I really want to get down to Oregon for an unofficial visit."

Baker was at the Washington season opener at Husky Stadium, a week before he made his season debut on the same field.

"The Washington game was a lot of fun and was really loud," said Baker. "There was a good atmosphere there."

Baker said he's uncertain when he'll visit Arizona State but said that he'll likely get down to UCLA during the season too.

"I visited with Myles (Jack) on Friday night because he got back from UCLA because of his bye and I couldn't sleep so we hung out on Friday before the game," said Baker. "He's doing real good down there (at UCLA) and I'm hoping to go down for a game."

Baker said he's still targeting the Army Bowl for a decision.

Brandon is in his ninth year with 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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