Baker Making Big Impact

Budda Baker

The Bellevue (Wash.) 2014 athlete, Budda Baker, has been a star on both sides of the ball this fall, and the Scout300 prospect has double-digit offers...

Bellevue (Wash.) 2014 cornerback Budda Baker is the top 2014 prospect in the Northwest, and with double-digit offers already, Baker's got a bright future.

But the four-star isn't really worried about recruiting right now, focusing more on another state title for the Wolverines, who are ranked 5th in the country by FOXSportsNext, and in the state semifinals, aiming for their fifth straight state title.

"My coaches have been talking with me about staying focused on the season, and not to worry about recruiting, that I can do that after the season," said Baker.

Still, Baker has several suitors, with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

And while Baker is content to worry about recruiting at the conclusion of the season, he has taken in a couple of college football games this year.

"I went down to UCLA for an unofficial visit with Myles (Jack, a UCLA commit and Bellevue teammate), and it was really nice there. The weather was really nice that day and it was a good game," said Baker.

And Baker was a constant presence at CenturyLink Field all year, seeing hometown Washington play this season.

"Washington, I've been up there for all their games, and the defense has been playing really good," said Baker. "The Stanford game was really fun and they're going back to Husky Stadium to play next year."

But otherwise, Baker is driven to complete another perfect season and earn another ring.

While they only gave up a late field goal to Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula in the 3A quarterfinals, Baker wasn't pleased with how the defense played.

"It was a surprise for us, but it shouldn't have been because we didn't really have a good week of practice. They made us work and made it a game. Any time people get first downs or yards on us, we get mad. But we'll be ready for Mount Si (in the semifinals)," said Baker. "I'm happy we're headed to the Tacoma Dome. I'm tired of playing in the rain and so happy we get to go inside, especially for the semifinals, because the other side (of the bracket) doesn't get to go inside."

Baker starred in every facet of the game against Peninsula. From recovering a blocked field goal and returning it to the Peninsula side of the field, to converting a fake punt on their opening drive, to his two touchdown runs, a forced fumble and an interception, Baker was a thorn in the side of Peninsula. While he can play running back in college, his highest ceiling is in the secondary, with the hips and fluid nature to play corner, but the hitting ability and the range to play safety.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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