Pluses and Minuses

"It doesn't bother me going that far away (Iowa State)," said Washington offensive lineman Cody Habben. "My whole (extended) family lives back there. It would like going back home. My family comes from the Nebraska/Iowa area. We go back there every summer. My grandparents and older brother live only a couple of hours from the campus..."

Offensive lineman Cody Habben (6-5, 280, 5.2), of Issaquah, Wash., will be taking all his official visits--before naming a favorite. "I have been to Washington State (Oct. 14) so far, and I have Iowa State (Dec. 9) and Oregon State (Dec. 16) set up," said Habben, of Skyline High School. "Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Utah will be in the mix for the last two officials. The school I commit to will come after I take all of my visits. I am looking to do that (commit) in mid to late January." All favorites have offered.

"It doesn't bother me going that far away (Iowa State). My whole (extended) family lives back there. It would like going back home. My family comes from the Nebraska/Iowa area. We go back there every summer. My grandparents and older brother live only a couple of hours from the campus.

"My immediate family probably would like me to stick around here, but I am sure the rest of my family would be pretty pumped if I came out there," he said.

"As far as being close, Washington is close to home. It's only 15 minutes away. That can be a plus and a minus. It would be nice to be close for things like summer workouts, but then you aren't really getting to get away from home and experiencing a new setting.

"I do like Coach (Tyrone) Willingham and Coach (Mike) Denbrock (offensive line). I have heard nothing but good things about them and their program. A lot of the student body from Skyline attends Washington," Habben said.

"Washington State is far enough from home, and not too far. If I wanted to come home on weekends, I could. I like the rural setting of it. And I know a lot of people there too.

"Oregon is the exact same thing as Washington State. It's only four-and-a-half hours or so away, so it's not that far from home. Oregon State, too. I have heard that Oregon has great facilities, and they are doing well this year which is always a plus," he said.

"I am most concerned about a school's academics and what I can major in. I'm not going to be a football player forever, so I need an education and a diploma that means something.

"It was cool to get to Washington State and see how the students are living and breathing the colors of the school. I saw it's important to find out how much support is behind a program."

Skyline (9-0) won their league championships last week, and host a game against Tahoma (Kent) on Nov. 4. The winner of the game will advance on to the state playoffs.

2.6 GPA/Oct. SAT scores not yet received

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