Recruiting Update: “Budda” to Make Long Awaited Visit

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Steve Francis

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

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

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For this writer, a Saturday spent inside the confines of Autzen Stadium will be a welcome relief following last Thursday.  Oregon, at home for two of next three weeks, will welcome arguably our biggest prep target of the 2014 class, athlete Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100).

I called coach (Jim) Fisher (recruiting coordinator), and he said [Oregon] would send a car for me Friday night, right after my game,” said Baker.  “Me and my mom are going to take the trip together, and we are both excited to check it out.”

It’s old news that Baker favors Oregon in a hotly contested recruiting battle, but nonetheless, a strong showing from the Ducks during his trip to Eugene will go a long way to strengthen an already sturdy relationship with secondary coach John Neal.

Baker uses all of a 5-foot-11, 178 lb. body on both sides of the ball.  Tabbed as a defensive back at the collegiate level, don’t be surprised to see Baker line up on offense, as his talents with the football in his hands are undeniable.  Check back with FishDuck for a full recap of Baker’s visit next week!

Rising steadily on Oregon’s big board, lineman Chris Brown (4-Star/Los Angeles, CA), will join Baker on the sidelines during this weekend’s matchup with Utah.  Brown, a 6-foot-6, 290 lb. behemoth, was until recently, a relatively unknown target of offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.  Despite being late in the game, Oregon needs no introduction to the west coast prep recruiting scene and Greatwood figures to play  a vital role in Brown’s recruitment down the stretch.

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Mentioning Oregon by name on his offer wish list, JUCO tight end Issac Ijalana (3-Star/Woodland Hills, CA),. is getting a late season look by special teams/tight ends coach Tom Osborne.

I would love to get an offer [from the Ducks],” said Ijalana.  ”[Oregon was] asking my coaches a lot of questions about me.  I love the high power offense and the way they use tight ends up there.  I would definitely give them a look if they were interested in me.”

An opposing defense’s nightmare to cover, Ijalana’s 6-foot-5, 250 lb. frame, allows him to stretch the field and excel at one of Oregon’s choicest tight end staples, blocking.  The Ducks will do battle with several other D-1 programs if Ijalana is deemed a viable commodity coming out of the junior college ranks, so stay tuned!

(To view Ijalana highlights, please click here.)

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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