Babiash ready to contribute

Derek Babiash is one of the most highly rated players in Arizona's class. read on for a closer look at his recruitment, why he thinks he can contribute right away, and more.

Arizona beat out numerous big schools in different recruitments, but the highlight in terms of competition may have been the recruitment of 6-foot-1, 170-pound Poway (Calif.) cornerback Derek Babiash.

At one time, the four-star corner was committed to Washington, but that only lasted a few weeks before he decided to open up his recruitment.

"When I got home, I realized I wasn't 100% with my decision," Babiash said. "I felt like I committed too soon and I didn't have a peace about it. I kind of sat on that feeling for a week, slept on it and then decided to call Coach Sark and let him know. I could have stayed committed and looked around but that wouldn't have been fair to them. I wanted to be open and honest about it."

Babiash's decision to open up his recruitment led him right to Arizona, where he would take a visit and commit to shortly after. "This is the perfect spot for me," Babiash said. "Arizona is the school I actually always wanted to go to but I didn't have an offer from them when I took my visit to Washington. I've talked a lot with Devin Holiday, who I know pretty well, and there is just so many pluses about Arizona that I'm comfortable with.

"I love the coaching staff and the direction Coach Rodriguez is taking the program. Coach Smith recruited me really hard and I like the DB coach, Coach Lockwood. He was great to talk with as well. I love the campus, the opportunity to play early and just the comfort level I had there was special."

One of the biggest draws for both parties is the belief that Babiash is good enough to come to Arizona and contribute right away in some sort of capacity.

"They told me that I have a chance to come in and play early," Babiash said. "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.

"Coach Rodriguez told me he wants me to come in and plan on starting. Obviously he isn't saying I will start, but he wants everyone to train like they are going to start. It's always good to hear coaches tell you the best players will play because that's the only thing a player can ask for, is a coach who will play the best players."

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