Babiash fending off others

Derek Babiash is solid to Arizona, but other schools have not quit. Read on for his reaction, thoughts on Arizona, and more.

Many coaches around the country are at a constant struggle to keep committed players committed to their programs. Arizona has at least one player that won't be reopening his recruitment.

Poway (Calif.) High School cornerback Derek Babiash committed to Arizona in early July and hasn't doubted his choice in the following weeks.

"I really like the coaching staff and I love the area," Babiash said. "The players are really cool and I know everyone is really excited about this season. I know there are big things coming. I'm really happy there."

The high school senior is still keeping in consistent contact with the Arizona coaches, talking to them on a regular basis.

"I'm still talking to them as much as possible," he said. "We just talk about random things mostly.

"They told me that I have a chance to come in and play early. That was definitely a big factor for Arizona. I know that at Oklahoma and some other places, I wouldn't have had the chance to come in and get experience right away."

Babiash is still being pursued by a few schools, but has put effort into letting other schools know that his recruitment is over.

"Schools are still trying to talk to me," he said. "I've just been telling them that everything's over and I'm trying not to talk to them.

"ASU and Nebraska are the two hardest schools still after me. I've been telling them that I don't really want any more attention, but I guess it's not getting through yet."

Babiash has also been in contact with Arizona commits Zach Green, Devin Holiday, and Brandon Cox.

"We're just excited for the season to come up and, since we are all in California, we talk about when we can meet up and hang out."

Babiash was also excited to learn that Arizona recently received a commitment from Jacob Alsadek.

"We play against each other in basketball and football," Babiash said. "Every year since our freshman years. It's a nice feeling knowing that he'll be there too. I'm actually really excited about it."

Even though his recruitment is over, Babiash still has a year of high school left before arriving on campus. In that time, he plans on working hard for his high school team.

"I'm just looking for another state championship. We got moved to a new division, so it'll be a bit harder.

"Personally, I had ten interceptions last year and I want to improve on that. Beyond that, I just want to be a good teammate and make my team better."

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