Habben Nearing a Decision

Part of the reason Cody Habben is taking his time with his college decision is just the sheer gravity of it. He's quick to point out that he catches himself every once in a while wondering where all the time went and that a college decision is less than a couple of weeks away. But for the 6-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Skyline High School in Issaquah, Wash., that isn't stopping him from narrowing things down to a workable list

Habben did not take a scheduled trip to Oregon State this past weekend, instead taking the time to trim his list of college suitors. "I didn't take it," Habben told Scout.com Monday night. "Things are getting too hectic with missing school and things like that. I'm done taking trips. It's hard being away for five weekends in a row."

Habben is rated as the 75th-best offensive lineman in the country, and a three-star prospect by Scout.com

With the visits out of the way, Habben said he's looking equally at all the schools he got a chance to trip to. "I've got a top four - Wazzu, ASU, Iowa State and U-Dub," he said.

But are all those schools still looking at Habben? "Some have said they'll have a spot no matter what and some are saying they are in a little bit of a hurry because spots are filling up," he said. "At U-Dub (Washington), I know they have one more spot left."

Habben said that fact will not deter him from making a decision on his own timeline. "I totally understand," he said when asked if Washington's eagerness to announce changes anything with him. "It's a business and you've got to fill your spots. I understand that."

That being said, Habben said his drop-dead date for a decision would be January 25th. "I'll probably do an announcement at school, something like that," he said.

Here's what Habben said about his four finalists:
Washington: "It's right across the lake, which is nice. And I think they are going to get things turned around to the way things used to be. I firmly believe that they will turn it around. They were very good, a very prestigious program. That would be awesome to be part of the class that helped turned things around."
Iowa State: "It's back to where my family is. But it's not so close where my brother can drive up every night. And coach (Cotton) told me that I would have a chance to play early."
Arizona State: "I like them, I like coach Myers, he's a great guy. He knows (Skyline) coach (Scott) Pelluer really well. I've gotten to know him quite a bit. I really like him a lot, him and coach (Dirk) Koetter and the whole staff. I like the school, it's really nice."

Washington State: "I like the coaching staff, they are all great guys. I like the stadium and the location of it. It's a nice place to be."

And the criteria for trimming down his list of finalists? "It'll be a gut feel," said Habben. "I'm starting to formulate an idea."

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