Hoss in no hurry, but decision getting closer

CODY HABBEN, who helped lead Issaquah's Skyline High to the 4A state of Washington championship, is not in any hurry to make the call despite Letter of Intent Day fast approaching. Yet while the offensive lineman thinks it's looking like late January, he could pull the trigger earlier that that -- in about two weeks time. WSU was one of two schools who recently visited Habben for an in-home.

The 6-5, 280-pounder sat down with Washington State and ASU for in-home visits before the current dead period began.

WSU assistant coach George Yarno met with Habben for an hour or two and then spent another couple hours talking with Habben's parents.

Schools also high on his list completing his top five: Washington, Iowa State, and Oregon State.

FOR HABBEN, THERE are several things to like about all the programs.

WSU coaches Bill Doba and Yarno are two he's enjoyed talking football with this year and Wazzu, along with Oregon State, offers great hunting and fishing for an avid outdoorsman like Habben. Washington is close, about 15 minutes from home, and coach Willingham and the UW could offer a good opportunity to earn early playing time.

Habben had a great visit to Iowa State, and a ton of Habben family members live close to Ames and the school his parents graduated from. Skyline High defensive coordinator Scott Pelleur and ASU coach Brent Myers are close and Habben has forged a bond with the o-line coach of the Sun Devils.

Habben's been on "several" unofficial visits to Washington and might not have many questions remaining on the UW but wants to take the official visit to better check out the program. He said he might wait until around Jan. 20 or so to make his decision, but also said it could come soon after the official to Washington.

"Pretty close to Signing Day, I think," said Habben. "I've got UW set up for the 6th, and I'm not sure if I'll take the fifth one (Oregon State, Jan. 17). I definitely want to see UW because they're one of my top choices and see where I go from there. If I feel I should take another trip, I'll take it. But if I don't really need to, then I think I'll bump my decision up a little earlier."

Among the honors and accolades Habben's received, The Seattle Times All-State team, the AP all-state team and the KingCo 4A lineman of the year.

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