Baker Watching Jack

The Bellevue (Wash.) safety, Budda Baker, is seeing his former teammate flourish at UCLA...

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker (5-10, 176), has offers from all over the country and during the summer, the Northwest's top 2014 prospect narrowed it down to a top five.

But now, the four-star is down to three Pac-12 schools, all three schools ranked in the top 20 nationally.

"It's a top three now," said Baker. "It's Oregon, Washington and UCLA. No one is leading. It's just a matter of me visiting the schools. I'm setting them up for after the season."

Baker has been to Washington's season opener against Boise State and was supposed to be at Oregon's game against Tennessee but had to postpone it. He's also hoping to take an unofficial down to UCLA during the season, as he did a year ago.

"I was thinking early about announcing at the U.S. Army Bowl, but we'll be playing late into December hopefully so I'm going to set them up for after that and probably just announce at my school like in January."

Baker said the process isn't tiring for him yet.

"It's second nature now," said Baker. "I talk to the same coaches but we're both busy because they're on their game week and I'm on mine. But I talk to the coaches at Washington, UCLA and Oregon all the time."

Baker also speaks with his former Bellevue teammate Myles Jack, now a starting freshman linebacker at UCLA, almost daily.

Jack said during the spring that he wasn't going to recruit Baker to UCLA, realizing the stress of the process, but Baker said they talk almost daily.

"He's not really recruiting me at all," said Baker. "He's just talked about his recruiting process and I talk about mine and how it differs in some ways and how it's the same in others. He's just helped me out through it all."

But Baker is noticing the impact that Jack is making for the Bruins and hopes to do the same.

"Watching Myles make that transition, I'm not really surprised at all because I know he put in the work," said Baker. "He started at third string and now is first string. I know he has been working hard and earned that starting spot. I'm glad for him to see how he's doing now, and can't wait till I get to college because he's making it look easy."

Baker will be honored this week at his school as a U.S. Army All-American, following former Wolverines Steve Schilling and Jack.

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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