BY SPNW Staff 02:09PM 12/20/2013

Huskies lose out on Bellevue star; he’s a Duck

Bellevue High School safety Budda Baker, the Associated Press’s state player of the year in Washington, has spurned the University of Washington in favor of rival Oregon. He announced a verbal commitment on his Twitter account Friday. UW and UCLA were said to be the other finalists.



Baker, 5-foot-8 and 177 pounds, was ranked the No. 4 safety nationally, according to He was also a running back and kick returner, and has said he wants to play offense in college. His former teammate at Bellevue, Myles Jack, was a big hit at UCLA playing both sides of the ball.

“When he touches the ball, he’s got a chance to do amazing things with it,” recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman told the Seattle Times. “It doesn’t matter if it’s returning kicks, punts, catching the ball out of the backfield, taking a handoff, intercepting a ball, he’s so electric.”

Baker, who helped lead the Wolverines to their sixth consecutive 3A state championship, was considered among the top prospects in the state, one eagerly sought by former Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, now at USC. His successor, Chris Petersen, has been on the job for two weeks.



  • Chips AHoy Kelly

    Probably a good choice. He can smoke a lot of dope there.

  • 1coolguy

    Bummer – You always hope to win the in state kids. it would have been a good signal to the rest of the Washington kids is Petersen was able to land him.

  • jafabian

    Good snowball fights in Eugene.

  • Jeff Shope

    well that fits bellevue is run like a nike duck wanna be with all the money they can handle as well as the best feeder schools (and more of them too) so go ahead bubba be a duck we’ll take the guys who want to be at UW while the lazy go to where it’s easy