Washington offers Poway (Ca.) CB prospect

Washington jumped into the fray for the services of Poway (Ca.) CB Derek Babiash when Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian offered the talented defensive back earlier today. Dawgman.com spoke to the physically gifted prospect and he updated us on where things stand including his thoughts on the Dawgs now that they have offered...

"Honestly, I've always had my eyes on Washington," Babiash told Dawgman.com. "I saw them play a couple of times this past year and I've gotten to know coach (Keith) Heyward really well and I like him a lot.

"My coach told me I need to call them, so I called coach Heyward and he was talking about all of the stuff they were doing up at Washington.

"Coach (Steve) Sarkisian then got on the phone and he said they really liked how physical I was and that I could go up and get the ball like they want and that's why there were offering me a scholarship."

With the offer, that brings Babiash's total to six -- Washington, Utah, Washington State, Nebraska, Oregon State and San Jose State -- and he said he's very excited about all of the schools that have offered.

"It's great to have all of these offers and schools that like me," Babiash noted. "I'm hoping to visit a couple of them during spring ball, but if I can't make it then I'm going to make some trips in the summer to see some different schools.

"I'm definitely planning to visit Washington, but I need to work out my schedule to see when I can do it. It will probably be in the summer just because my schedule is a little more free, but we'll see what happens.

"I'm for sure visiting Nebraska in July, so I'll need to see what other schools I can visit around that."

In addition to the six schools that have offered, Babiash said Boston College appears to be the closest to joining the mix and he's getting some heavy interest from schools like UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State Oregon and San Jose State.

As a junior this year, Babiash was a terror in the Titans' secondary, locking down his side of the field by posting 29 tackles, 10 interceptions and 10 passes defensed from his corner spot, helping to lead his team to the CIF Section Championship.

"I had a good year, but you can always work on stuff," Babiash said. "I'm working on everything this year, from my speed to my technique and my strength.

"My speed is an electronic 4.59, but I'm hoping to get that down a little bit. I also like to play physical, so getting stronger will really help me too."

Babiash said he plans to take his time in making a decision, but also noted he isn't married to the idea of waiting until after his season is over.

"I know I don't want to wait too long," Babiash said. "I don't want to wait too long and lose offers, but on the other hand, I also want to see all of the schools that I'm interested in.

"It will probably be sometime during my season, after I take a couple of official visits, but not too long.

"It could even be before my season, but that's only if I feel like I've gotten enough information to make my decision."

We will continue to check in with Babiash in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens with him.

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