Trip report: Cody Habben

Where's the beef? That's the question coming from the Husky faithful this recruiting season as the Huskies haven't received a commitment from an offensive lineman since Pasco OL Ryan Tolar's early commitment to Washington back in July. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) OL Cody Habben took a visit to Montlake this weekend and while he didn't commit to the Huskies, he is getting close to making a decision.

"I had a really great visit," Habben told of some of the highlights on his visit. "The campus is really nice. I haven't really been up on the campus part of it. Talking to the coaches too, it was a great time.

"Hanging out with the coaches and being able to talk with them was fun. I've been down to U-Dub a couple times but I haven't really been in the campus a lot. It was good seeing it and all those things."

Habben's host while on campus was Chad Macklin and the two spent a lot of time getting to know one another.

"We went to the basketball game – the U-Dub/Wazzu game. That was cool. I had a good time at that. They took us out to dinner and a lot of nice places. It was just a really good time and I had a lot of fun."

Two players also on official visits were Cody Pope and Toby Turpin. Habben said the three of them got to know each other pretty well and that while Habben may be big, Pope is pretty big as well.

"I don't know who's bigger," Habben quipped. "He's pretty big, but I think we're about even on that."

Head coach Tyrone Willingham, who has already had an in-home visit with the Habben's this past weekend, spent some more time with the big-man from the Eastside this weekend and Willingham made yet another great impression on him.

"I got a chance to talk to (Willingham) quite a bit," Habben said. "He ate breakfast with me a couple times at my table. That was cool to talk with him.

"He just said ‘You can help us be great and we can help you be great'. That sorta stuck out and that was nice to hear from him."

Habben didn't commit on his visit and may have a visit scheduled next week to either California or Oregon State, but is unsure at this time whether he will take that visit or not.

"I told (the Washington coaches) I probably won't make a decision until late January," Habben said.

Habben is also preparing for his football banquet that takes place tonight and that's something he's been looking forward to for a long time.

"I'm pretty fired up," the low-key Habben said. "Last year's banquet was nice, but knowing that we lost the state game it almost ruined it. People talked about how good our season was, but in our eyes we lost our last game so it's sort of redemption this year. It's going to be nice.

"That's going to be a lot of fun having all of the football players back you know recapping the season. It's probably the best time of our lives."

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