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!!!
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Main photo by Craig Strobeck
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.
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