Looking for the Solid Fit

Poway (CA) High School cornerback Derek Babiash seldom backs down from the competition, which made his decision to back down from his commitment to Washington a tough choice. Now taking a closer look at schools, Babiash is planning visits to schools that have offered and one that has not.

MADISON - Derek Babiash is used to facing challenges when it comes to the game of football.

A shutdown cornerback at Poway (CA) High School, Babiash usually has all the answers when it comes to defending the opposition, a reason he picked up over a dozen offers by the start of the spring evaluation period.

But when asked what was more challenging, committing to the University of Washington on April 28 or de-committing a little over two weeks later, the four-star cornerback was equally torn.

"I think making the decision (to de-commit) is the hardest part, but they both were equally tough," Babiash told Badger Nation. "I wanted to get my decision done and I rushed it, but it was still a tough decision. The more I thought about it, I realized that it's the biggest decision I am going to make. I love Washington, so it was hard to de-commit because I really like them still."

The No.24 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Babiash is no stranger to adversity. An example illustrating that characteristic would be one of his game's last season when an opponent schemed to take him out of the game. Although visibility upset, Babiash admitted to sticking to his keys and staying composed – a main reason he recorded an interception when the offense finally decided to challenge him to turn the game around.

"I want to be the one that makes the big play," said Babiash, who finished last season with 10 interceptions. "I don't want to shy away from it."

Babiash says he's the kind of player that never gives up, which made his decision to reopen his recruitment all that more frustrating.

"I made the decision and I realized that I didn't look at everything 100 percent," Babiash said. "I wasn't fully comfortable."

While he is reconsidering all the offers on his plate, the places Babiash mentioned he wanted to take a closer look are Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma before making a late summer decision. Babiash also has already visited Arizona State and Utah this spring.

One school Babiash is considering who hasn't offered him yet is the University of Wisconsin, a school Babiash has family ties to. With members of his family growing up in Wisconsin, Babiash still visits relatives in Green Bay and has two cousins that go to college in Madison.

"They've come out twice to see me and talk to me," said Babiash, who is being recruited by linebacker coach Andy Buh. "They told me to keep in touch and I like them. They said they like my ball skills and things like that.

"They said they want to make sure everything checks out before they make an offer. That's why they came out here twice."

Babiash is working on contacting the Wisconsin coaching staff to potentially set up a visit or earn an offer.

"I am not really sure if they are going to offer, but I would like to visit the campus," Babiash. "I am interested."

Wisconsin is still searching for its first defensive back commitment in the 2013 class. The Badgers have offers out to seven cornerbacks and two safeties who are currently considering Wisconsin.


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