Derek Babiash, a 6-foot-1 170-pound cornerback, who during his junior season at Poway HS (CA) recorded 29 tackles and 10 interceptions.
The lockdown corner likes to be matched up in one-on-one coverage so he can hold himself accountable.
"I just read the player then attack the ball from there," Babiash said. "I have the ability to go up and get the ball in the air. Since I play both sides of the ball, I'm good at attacking the ball."
Babiash also plays on the offensive side of the ball, as a wide receiver he totaled for 393 receiving yards with 3 touchdowns and 122 rushing yards on only 14 attempts.
"I felt I did good (last season). I do need to work on my off-man coverage and my speed," Babiash said. "I did get 10 interceptions but I felt I could have done much better on the offensive side of the ball. I think I'm talented both ways equally."
It doesn't stop there; Babiash is a triple-threat as he is deadly in the return game. In his 9 kickoff returns last season, he went for an astounding 366 yards with one going the distance.
While Babiash is being recruited as a corner, he's not sure if he will be playing that at the collegiate level.
"It depends on what the college coach wants me to play," Babiash said. "Right now, I'm being recruited as a corner because of how well I did last year but I'm looking forward to show off how my offensive skills are just as good."
Babiash currently holds offers from San Diego State, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah and Nebraska.
"I'm excited about the San Diego State offer because they play the style I like to play," Babiash said. "Also it's cool because I'm like right down the street from the school so my parents can see all my games."
While Babiash says the Beavers and Cougars are recruiting him the hardest, he does have a checklist of what a school needs.
"They have to offer the major I want to go school for, a strong coaching staff where they all seem to have a tight chemistry, good tradition and I want to go somewhere I can win," Babiash said. "Not to mention playing time, I want to play sooner rather than later."
Babiash is planning to take unofficial visits to Oregon State this weekend, Utah next weekend and Nebraska in July.
The 3-star prospect will be attending SDSU camp in June and hopefully visit the campus some more in the summer.
"I like the location of SDSU, their system, the coaches as they all have a good chemistry among them," Babiash said. "Also they have a good tradition."
The San Diego prospect is in no rush to make a decision.
"I'm just going to wait to see what happens after the summer then I will start taking a harder look at what school I want to go to," Babiash said. "I want to take a visit to each school to get a feel for all of them."
Last season, the Poway Titans capped off their undefeated season (12-0-1) by defeating Vista HS, 56-0, for the San Diego section championship. Babiash had 3 interceptions in the game including one for a 64-yard touchdown, his third pick-six of the season.
"I'm just focused on Poway going back-to-back," Babiash said. "We just need to do what we did last year."
Lockdown corner: Babiash
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