Zion Babb Talks about Recent Offers

A pair of coaches from schools in top conferences stopped by Alhambra, Calif., High School recently to deliver the news every prep athlete hopes to receive - the big time college football scholarship offer. Zion Babb spoke with GoBlueWolverine.com about his recent fortune, and how it has affected his thinking.

Arizona and Michigan recently extended scholarship offers to wide receiver Zion Babb of Alhambra, Calif., High School. It is the dream of every prep football player to receive such offers, but what truly made the event even more special for Babb was that he wasn't expecting either one. "They both just came out of the blue," he said. "I'd never really heard much from either schools, and when my coach told me that both schools had come by and offered, I was really happy. It feels real good."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Babb is the son of former USC track star Lance Babb, and his a track phenom in his own right. Lance Babb is also the assistant track coach at Alhambra, and he recently watched his son win 110-hurdles at the CIF-Southern Section Division II finals with a time of 14.2. The victory for the younger Babb was redemption after failing to qualify for the finals last year after disqualifying because of two false starts. "Last year was horrible," he said. "I just couldn't get it right, but this year made up for it and I'm so happy."

During his junior football season he caught 54 passes for 919-yards and with 11 touchdowns. "Wide receiver is where both schools want me to play," he said, "That's where I want to play in college."

Unlike his father, who said he lived and breathed track, the junior Babb sees his future on the gridiron and the offers from UA and U-M will most certainly be the first of many. "I'm wide open right now," he said. "I want to see as many of the schools as I can before I make any kind of decision. I'm not afraid to go far away or stay close to home. My dad went to USC and I like them a lot, but I want to see things for myself."

Babb said he had a chance to speak with Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English, who extended the Wolverine offer. "My coach had me call him the day after he was here," Babb said. "He told me how much he liked my play and how I would fit in at Michigan."

He said he hadn't been to any spring combines and had no plans to attend any summer camps at this time. He added one of the things he will be playing attention to regarding the schools on which he will concentrate is their music school. "I would like to major in music, not playing but in recording and mixing," he said. "I do that now and I really enjoy it. I want to make sure the school has that type of major."

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