This past Friday via Twitter, top 2014 Oregon target Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100) made official what the masses expected, by announcing that he will don Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green.
“I picked Oregon because it was a gut feeling, I just knew,” said Baker. “I felt real comfortable around the players and my host was Bralon Addison. I felt like he was my big brother from the start. Oregon really helps you with your education there, too, and I just liked all of it.”
Like so many recruits, Baker came full circle back to the heart of what makes Oregon great.
“Being around all of the players was my biggest recruitment, it just fit.”
Simply put, Oregon now has an heir apparent to De’Anthony Thomas. Baker’s 5-foot-11, 178-lb. frame is battle tested as a defensive back and should allow the Duck’s newest TAZR to take hits on his way to paydirt, when he undoubtedly tries his hand at playing offense full time.
Amongst the resounding news of Baker’s commitment, Oregon made an offer to arguably the top wide receiver in next year’s class, Christian Kirk (4-Star/Scottsdale, AZ/Rivals100).
“It’s been a long process with Oregon and getting the offer,” said Kirk. ”Coach (John) Neal was by last spring and then coach (Mark) Helfrich was by recently, too. That tells me a lot for Coach Helfrich to come all the way down here to see me. He was telling my coach he really likes me and how I play.”
Kirk fits the heralded Oregon slot receiver mold and would do well at a speedy 5-foot-10, 190 lbs.
“Oregon is a big time offer for me. That was my favorite school growing up and I love the offense.”
Kirk is expected to take a trip north to Eugene sometime during the spring in what promises to be the first step in locking down the 2015 phenom.
“I’m really happy for Budda and his commitment to Oregon,” said Roberts. “I think it’s a great fit for him.”
Now on the cusp of his final prep campaign, Roberts will turn his attention towards Eugene and the possibility of joining his former teammate, as the Ducks have made an offer to the 6-foot-5, 255-lb. trenchman.
“It was pretty cool to get that offer from Oregon. The coaches told me they love my ability to get to the second and third level as a lineman. I might check out Oregon in January to see the campus and those crazy facilities I’ve heard about.”
With Roberts’ strong connection to the Ducks already in place, expect offensive line coach Steve Greatwood to make him a top priority moving forward. Stay tuned!!!
For up to the minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at DUCK TERRITORY, who graciously provide FISHDUCK with in-depth analysis and player-generated material. Look for my latest recruiting update every Wednesday. WTD!!!
Main photo by Craig Strobeck
- The best Damn Opponent analysis on the web is coming out on Thursdays. Rory Davidson is a rising star at FishDuck.com as an analyst and you will always learn something new from him every week. Kim Hastings is our legendary humor writer who will be lampooning our opponent each week on Thursdays as well. So we will honor our opponent with Rory's respectful analysis...and then Kim will punch with glee and the opposing fans will have laugh at themselves. (or get indignant) What fun! Learning football and hooting at the opposition on Thursdays!
- Want to help mentor and teach students at FishDuck.com? Be an ADVISOR to a department! We want people who are a little older to counsel associates and keep them on track. Knowledge of a dept. is not necessary and if you were in Eugene? All the better although other locations can work. If you can spare 3-5 hours a week, and enjoy working with students and like keeping things organized…then contact me email@example.com
- Get experience in Media Management? Be a Managing Editor at FishDuck.com! If you can spare an hour a day to help the site stay on track, then you will be making decisions and learning skills that can help in Website or Newsroom management. A six month commitment required due to the training period, but it can help your resume as one who helping to manage over 40 writers and editors! Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org