Recruiting Update: Baker About to Quack

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Football Recruiting

2013 Recruiting Class Update

A mere 25 days separate us from the unveiling of the latest edition of Oregon football. This past Monday, the 2013 recruiting class took to the newly minted practice fields with an enthusiasm only fall camp can bring.

Small, yet encouraging details are beginning to emerge not three days into this newest of campaigns. True freshman tailback Thomas Tyner is as fast as advertised and could see a steady dose of playing time on the biggest of stages. Not far from the backfield, newest true freshman wideout Devon Allen can be seen doing his best Tyner impression of quick cuts and steady hands in traffic on his way to paydirt. With barely a half of a week gone in this young season, August 31st can’t come soon enough, WTD!!!

News

Over the weekend, athlete Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100) reaffirmed Oregon as his recruiting leader.

ATH/S Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100)

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ATH/S Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100)

I really need to get to Oregon…,” said Baker. “I need to visit (Oregon)… and I think my mom will be able to go with me… Oregon told me I would have a chance on offense if I wanted, but I like defense. That’s where I want to be.”

While Baker’s physical stature (5’11, 178 lbs.) matches that of a corner, don’t sleep on his impeccable ball-hawking skills as his chosen position, safety, fits his ability to see the entire field. A consensus top performer at Nike’s The Opening and the Eugene NFTC, Baker is one of the top five defensive backs in the nation and is believed to be close to an Oregon commitment.

Visits

Guaranteeing a visit to Eugene, cornerback Nick Watkins (4-Star/Dallas, TX/Rivals250) is the latest defensive back to be linked to the Ducks.

Oregon contends every year on a national stage,” said Watkins. “Obviously the uniforms are pretty cool too. But I know Arrion (Springs) and he’s been talking to me about Oregon. We are definitely friends and we could play together.”

Almost a mirror image of fellow defensive phenom and Oregon commit Springs, the 6’1, 189-pound Watkins has excellent anticipation and instinct while lining up against opposing players. With heavy interest from Watkins secured, secondary coach John Neal is rapidly upping his chances to land one of the greatest shutdown defender corps to ever step foot inside Autzen Stadium, stay tuned!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores

  • Stephen Wallner

    September 31, unfortunately, will never come, as this is not a date that exists on any calendar I have ever seen! (But we will still win the day that day)