Bishard Baker impressed by UW's gesture


SEATTLE -- After Washington’s 52-13 victory over Portland State Saturday, Bishard “Budda” Baker talked with his Bellevue (Wash.) teammates Myles Jack and Sean Constantine.

It was the second game of the season that Baker, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound safety, had attended, and he wasn’t expecting anything special. He certainly wasn’t expecting to catch a box full of handwritten letters from the coaching staff.

But, as he stood there with Jack (a UCLA commit) and Constantine (a Washington commit), a member of the Huskies' staff tossed the junior a box.

“I went in the locker room and they just gave me a huge box,” Baker said. “I thought it was protein shakes. I opened it and it was hundreds of letters from UW.

“I was amazed. I thought most of them were printed letters, but every single one of them was handwritten.”

Baker has tried to put the recruiting process on hold while working to lead the Wolverines, ranked No. 6 nationally, to their fifth consecutive state title, but the gesture meant a lot to highly touted prospect.

“It means a lot,” he said. “It just shows how dedicated they are to me and I’m just thankful for that.”

After watching both of Washington’s victories at CenturyLink Field this season, Baker sees progress in the program. He likes what he has seen so far.

“They’re getting better, that I’ve seen,” Baker said. “From the first game they were kind of struggling a little bit, but then this week they got better, the tempo was better. They were having fun.”