Washington landed a major commitment on the eve of National Signing Day as Budda Baker committed to the Huskies over the UCLA Bruins. The four-star is out of Bellevue (Wash.).
Baker is ranked by 247 Sports' composite rankings as the 55th-best prospect in the 2014 class. The rankings also list him as the sixth-best athlete in the nation, as well as the No. 1 player from the state of Washington. Baker originally committed to Oregon on Dec. 20, but when rumors of him visiting Washington in the near future began to swirl, some wondered if the four-star prospect was beginning to change his mind. He decommitted on Jan. 17.
This is a big win for Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies, as Baker is a local product and a must-get for the Huskies.
Baker holds offers from Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington, among others. He can be found on Twitter @buddabaker32.
Derrell Warren evaluated Baker for SB Nation on the offensive side of the ball:
Baker is a two-way player who actually shows enough promise to project favorably at the next level on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Baker is primarily used as a running back for his high school team. He is an elusive and coordinated runner who is an efficient mover. He has very good short area quickness and uses very little wasted lateral steps in the backfield. He is an efficient mover, does a great job stabbing his foot in the ground, and cutting up the field vertically.
And the second level, Baker shows an explosive burst. He a playmaker who creates big plays not only due to his athleticism, but also by virtue of great balance. He has a knack for keeping plays alive by being able to stay on his feet through contact and accelerating away from defenders. He exhibits great body control in the way he weaves through defenders in tight areas.
For Warren's take on Baker as a defender, check out the full scouting report.