Impact Report - Derek Babiash

Washington's cornerback recruiting got a needed boost last weekend when Poway (Ca.) CB Derek Babiash decided he'd seen enough to know that he wanted to be a Husky. Today, Dawgman.com takes a look at how his commitment will impact the roster and the rest of the 2013 recruiting class...

Scouting Report - When you watch his film, Babiash doesn't blow you away with his speed, although his football speed is faster than his track speed, but he's got outstanding athleticism, body-control and he's fearless going up for the ball. The talented corner's instincts are second-to-none and he is a real ball-hawk when the ball is in the air.

The film also reveals his long arms and his physicality. He loves to hit which is rare for a true cornerback and doesn't seem to shy away from contact.


Things to work on - Almost all of Babiash's film shows him in "off" coverage, where he's already 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Obviously the technique was effective and he's been able to post big numbers on the defensive side of the ball, but in college, quarterbacks will eat that technique alive (as Husky fans have seen for the past decade). Babiash definitely needs to get stronger (most incoming freshman do) and will need to learn press techniques more, but he's got immense talent and he fits perfectly with what the Huskies are looking for in the secondary.


Where he fits - Washington loses at least one corner following the 2012 season in Desmond Trufant and two more will be seniors with a year of eligibility left -- Anthony Gobern and Adam Long -- and then they have Greg Ducre, Tre Watson and Marcus Peters that will all be back in 2013.

Brandon Beaver, Cleveland Wallace and Darien Washington will be added into the mix this summer as true freshman, so the corner spot is relatively well-stocked, as far as bodies are concerned. However, with Babiash's ball skills and talent, he could easily figure into the mix as a nickel or dime corner, but the guess is that the coaches hope they can redshirt him, allowing him to get stronger and then unleash him on their opponents as a redshirt freshman in 2014.


Effect of commitment on 2013 class? - Babiash's commitment definitely will factor into things as the Huskies will likely take just two in this class.

However, the word is that Washington has made a solid impression on Central High East (Fresno, Ca.) teammates L.J. Moore, Johnny Johnson and Hamilton's (Chandler, Az.) Cole Luke and all four are solid prospects that the Huskies have offered.

Washington would figure out a way to fit in two of those three if they wanted to commit and there is always the chance you could see one move to another position like safety or even wide receiver if things didn't work out at corner.

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