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Bellevue safety Budda Baker commits to Oregon

Bellevue High School safety Budda Baker, who was voted the Washington state player of the year by the Associated Press this past week, announced his commitment to the Oregon Ducks on Friday.

Baker spoke about his decision to The Seattle Times:

This decision was maybe (made) three weeks ago, but I just had to think and keep talking to other colleges. I knew I was going to Oregon when I was talking to colleges I wasn’t really interested in talking to. I still wanted to talk to them at least for a little longer because I liked Oregon — I knew like 90 percent — but I still wanted to check so I knew that was the perfect place.

Although the 5-foot-8, 177-pound Baker is considered the fourth-best safety in the nation by Scout.com, the speedster plans to play on offense for the Ducks.

They told me I’m going to have to work for it, which I really liked. They didn’t sell me no B.S. thing, like I would start right away. They told me if I worked for it, the opportunity is there.

Baker put up impressive numbers during Bellevue’s run to the state title, averaging 17.1 yards per carry as a running back and recording 59 tackles on defense.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

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