Baker headlines Petersen's 1st class at Washington

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 8:03 PM

SEATTLE  -- Chris Petersen landed a gem to cap his first recruiting class at Washington.

Five-star defensive back Budda Baker, The Associated Press Washington state player of the year, was the top recruit to commit to Petersen and the Huskies during national signing day on Wednesday. Baker announced his commitment on local television on Tuesday night and then confirmed it on Wednesday morning by sending his national letter of intent.

Petersen's first class went in waves. He saw some players follow him from Boise State to Washington but also lost a few recruits who chose to follow former coach Steve Sarkisian to USC.

Baker was the top of the class, but Washington also was able to sign quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, cornerback Naijiel Hale and defensive lineman Kaleb McGary.

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National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 38).

Best in class: Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue, Wash. The AP state player of the year in Washington was originally committed to Oregon, but decided he wanted to play closer to home. Major coup for Chris Petersen in his first season.

Best of the rest: DL Kaleb McGary, QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, CB Naijiel Hale, TE Drew Sample, DT Greg Gaines.

Late addition: Baker capped the recruiting class with his announcement on Tuesday night on local TV of his decision to stay at home.

One that got away: Jonathan Lockett, CB. Lockett was originally committed to Washington but followed Steve Sarkisian to USC.

Below is the list of commitments:

Budda Baker, s, 5-10, 180, Bellevue (Wash.) HS
Shane Bowman, de, 6-4, 250, Bellevue (Wash.) HS
Jaimie Bryant, dl, 6-5, 300, Tumwater (Wash.) HS
Devin Burleson, ol, 6-7, 260, Highland HS, Palmdale, Calif.
K.J. Carta-Samuels, qb, 6-2, 225, Bellarmine Prep, Saratoga, Calif.
Will Dissly, dl, 6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS.
Jomon Dotson, rb, 5-11, 175, American Canyon (Calif.) HS
Greg Gaines, dl, 6-1, 305, La Habra (Calif.) HS
Darren Gardenhire, cb, 6-0, 180, Cabrillo HS, Long Beach, Calif.
Naijiel Hale, cb, 5-11, 180, St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif.
Matt James, ol, 6-5, 270, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) HS
Jaylen Johnson, dl 6-3, 245, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.
Sidney Jones, cb, 6-1, 170 West Covina HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Brayden Lenius, wr, 6-5, 220, Chaminade, North Vancouver, B.C.
Brandon Lewis, cb, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS, Rancho Murieta, Calif.
Drew Lewis, lb, 6-2, 200, Eastlake HS, Sammamish, Wash.
Kaleb McGary, dl, 6-7, 285, Fife (Wash.) HS
Jojo McIntosh, s, 6-1, 195, Chaminade Prep HS, Canyon Country, Calif.
Dante Pettis, wr, 6-1, 175, Junipero Serra HS, San Clemente, Calif.
Drew Sample, te, 6-5, 235, Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash.
Jesse Sosebee, ol, 6-6, 300, Edison HS, Garden Grove, Calif.
John Turner, ol, 6-4, 275, Loyola HS, Los Angeles
Tristan Vizcaino, pk/p, 6-2, 195, Damien HS, Chino Hills, Calif.

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