Big Target Talks UCLA Visit

The Bellevue (Wash.) four-star safety, Budda Baker, took his last scheduled visit to UCLA...

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker (5-10, 176), took his third but final official visit over the weekend.

Baker tripped down to UCLA, where he visited unofficially last month, and now he'll hunker down and have two more in-home visits and wind down towards a decision.

"My trip was cool," said Baker. "I'd give it a 10. I feel all of my trips are tens. There was nothing boring about UCLA. I had a real good time. I've seen it a lot of times before, but this time was just more of talking about the education and meeting with the tutors and academic people."

Baker was hosted by his close friend and former Bellevue teammate, Myles Jack.

"It was great seeing Myles and we just hung out a whole lot," said Baker. "Michael Carlson (another Bellevue prospect who's a walk-on at UCLA) talked with me too. It was great seeing other players and talking with the coaches."

Baker said he spent time with Jack and other players during the trip, hanging out with them being the highlight of the visit.

"We hung out with Eldridge Massington and Asiantii Woulard and just mostly hung around. I met a lot of other guys I didn't know too," said Baker.

Baker had time to sit down with head coach Jim Mora, defensive backs coach Demetrice (Meat) Martin, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone.

Budda Baker.
"I sat and met with Coach Mora, Coach Meat and both the Mazzones and we talked more about what I'd play," said Baker. "They want me as a free safety with a little offensive packages as well."

Baker said that Martin will be in this week for an in-home visit, the final visit from UCLA coaches.

Washington coaches will make their final pitch on Thursday.

"Coach (Chris) Petersen and Coach (Jimmie) Lake are coming in on Thursday and that's my last in-home," said Baker.

Baker said he's done with his visits, no longer considering a trip to USC.

"I'm done with the trips, I'm not visiting USC," said Baker. "It's Washington or UCLA for me."

Baker said that he's still torn on a decision since he decommitted from Oregon.

"Right now, I'm still generally torn," said Baker. "It's a matter of getting the last in-home visits both done this week and then thinking the rest of the week. I'm probably announcing on Signing Day. I don't know yet when though."


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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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