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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Bishard 'Budda' Baker picks up USC offer

By Blair Angulo

ESPN 150 safety Bishard Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) estimates it took about a month for a few generic pieces of USC mail to turn into a consistent stream of handwritten letters.

On Tuesday afternoon, the increase in contact culminated to a scholarship offer.

“They started sending me a whole bunch of handwritten letters, so I wanted to see what would happen,” Baker said. “It came slow, but then it picked up.”

New assistant coach Mike Summers, continuing his tour of the Northwest region, stopped by Bellevue on Tuesday and extended the offer, Baker said. It was the first time the coach and recruit had met.

Bishard Baker
Safety Bishard Baker is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Washington and is nationally ranked No. 139 overall in the ESPN 150.
By adding the Trojans to his list, the 5-foot-10 prospect has now picked up offers from every Pac-12 school except Stanford.

“With USC, I like the history there; they have the most championships in the conference,” Baker said. “I know they had an off season this year, so I want to see how they come back.”

Baker intends to unofficially visit the Los Angeles schools early in the summer, perhaps in June when he is scheduled to participate in UCLA’s elite camp.

“If I visit UCLA, I’ll probably visit USC, too, since it’s close,” he said.

The No. 1-rated player in Washington has not started to think about official visits, but knows he wants to unofficially visit Oregon in the coming months. He also plans to camp with the nearby Huskies.

This fall, Baker is expected to lead Bellevue, which finished atop the national polls last year behind the play of UCLA signee and U.S. Army All-American Myles Jack.

“Myles and I have a strong relationship, but I wouldn’t say he is trying to get me to UCLA,” Baker said. “He wants what’s best for me. In the very beginning, we would joke with each other because UCLA offered me first. He’s been helping me out and telling me what to do and what not to do.

“I’ve been thinking I’ll make a decision after the season, most likely. I want to take all my official visits while I’m not committed. Once I commit, I’m not talking to any other colleges.”