Lineman from Washington state sets official visit

WITH OFFICIAL VISITS looming, offensive lineman Cody Habben is preparing to narrow things down soon. As reported Thursday, Habben's newest offer comes from Iowa State and while the Issaquah, Wash., hoss said everyone is even, the Cyclones now look to be a definite player for the 6-5, 280-pounder from Skyline High. Closer to home, the Beavers and the Cougars remain prime contenders with Habben having already set up an official visit to one and looking to set up a trip to the other.

Habben said he'll likely have a list of five finalists in a couple weeks. Three of those schools are expected to be WSU, OSU and Iowa State.

"I'm going to narrow down my list real soon because I'm going to start taking official visits so then that'll be my top five," said Habben. "I'll maybe make a decision, probably sometime in December."

Habben has set up one official visit to date -- he'll trip to Washington State the weekend of October 14 to watch WSU take on UCLA.

Recruits can take five official visits, with Habben saying he'll likley set up the remainder in the next two weeks or so. Oregon State and Iowa State are locks to get two of them. The trip to Ames, Iowa, could happen the weekend of December 9 for the Iowa-Iowa State basketball game.

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST isn't exactly an Iowa State recruiting hotbed and if not for a family friend, Habben probably wouldn't be on the Cyclones radar. Iowa State had never heard of Habben until the friend mentioned Habben to one of the ISU coaches this summer. They asked the offensive lineman to send in some videotape, and the offer eventually materialized.

"They said they're really fired up about me and I'm one of their top prospects," said Habben.

Besides Washington State, Oregon State and Iowa State, schools like Utah (offer) and Colorado (offer) remain firmly in the mix.

"All those schools are great," said Habben. "I like all the coaches a lot...(Oregon State) is high up there. They're a good team. I like coach Cav (Mike Cavanaugh), coach (Mike) Riley and coach (Bruce) Read, my recruiting coach. It was an awesome experience when I went down there this summer."

Habben's talked to all five offering schools since September 1, plus Cal, Washington, Penn State, Indiana, Arizona State and Idaho. Cal is among those making an impression, with Habben saying he's talked to offensive line coach Jim Michalczik quite a bit.

"I got to go the UW and see them and Cal play which was cool to see behind the scenes, get down on the sidelines," said Habben. "It was just cool to be able to see both teams too, and watching both lines perform."

THIS SEASON, Skyline is 3-0, outscoring opponents by a 141-12 margin and ranked No. 3 in the state's 4A class. Through two games, Habben already had 13 pancake blocks.

"I've been doing alright," said Habben.

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