Busy Week For Baker

The Bellevue (Wash.) safety, Budda Baker, had UCLA in his house and he'll officially visit this weekend...

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker (5-10, 176), has had an eventful last few days.

Baker decommitted from Oregon on Friday afternoon, left for an official visit for Washington that evening, had an in-home with UCLA on Monday and then will have Washington in his home on Wednesday.

While Baker said that Oregon is now completely out of the picture, the hometown Huskies are very much in the mix.

"My trip was good," said Baker. "I had been over there multiple times and it was really a matter of getting to know the coaches and see what their plan was for me. I spent a lot of time talking to Coach Pete (Chris Petersen)."

Baker said his heart is on defense and the Huskies want him there, but there will be the opportunity for offense.

"My goal is that I want to play defense so they want me as a free safety and maybe have a little package on offense," said Baker.

Baker was hosted by Shaq Thompson and he also spent some of the time with his teammate Shane Bowman, who committed to the Huskies on Monday.

But Baker said the majority of his trip was getting to know the coaches more.

"My mom came and she saw the facilities and then she got tired from walking so we went and sat in Coach (Jimmie) Lake's offer for a while and just talked," said Baker. "So that was real nice."

Baker will see Lake again very soon.

"Coach Lake is coming on Wednesday for an in-home," said Baker.

The day after Baker got home, UCLA head coach Jim Mora, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, quarterback coach Taylor Mazzone and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin all visited his home.

"Coach Mora, Coach Meat and both the Mazzones came and met with me and my mom. I have a really good relationship with Coach Mora and Coach Meat and having them in on the in-home with my mom was big," said Baker. "They want me to play safety, but they also want me to play some offense. They showed me a lot this year with letting Myles (Jack) play offense and that was evidenced by that. A lot of schools tell me they'll let me play a little bit of offense, but having Myles was the proof."

Baker said that Martin would be back next week for another in-home.

Meanwhile, he said he's been talking with Jack, but that Jack isn't really recruiting him at all.

"He's not really recruiting me a lot," said Baker. "He's just helping me go through the process and just showing me that if I came to the team, we could go even further. He's not really big on selling me, just telling me to do what's best for me."

Baker said that Bowman, who flipped his own commitment from Oregon State to the Huskies, is going about it the same way.

"Shane is like ‘whatever makes you happy, that's what you've got to do,' so he's not really recruiting me either," said Baker.

This weekend, Baker will visit UCLA officially.

He's got the final weekend before Signing Day open and said there is still a chance he'll visit USC that weekend, but as of now, nothing is set up.

"I haven't decided yet if I'll visit USC that weekend," said Baker.

Baker did say, though, that it's primarily a two-horse race.

"It's pretty much Washington and UCLA," said Baker.

Baker said that despite opening up his recruitment just less than three weeks before Signing Day, he's not in any kind of panic.

"I'm not really stressed about where I'll end up," said Baker. "I'm kind of stressed on the timing somewhat but I have enough time for my decision to be made."

A decision, though, likely won't be announced until Signing Day, and no sooner than the final days leading up to then.

"I'll decide most likely on Signing Day, but if I did it earlier, it would be maybe 3-4 more days before," said Baker.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, 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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