The Arizona Wildcats welcomed the start of July by landing two key verbal commitments for 2013.
Cornerback Derek Babiash verbally committed to the UA Sunday night after taking an unofficial visit to Tucson.
The Scout.com recruiting service lists Babiash as a four-star prospect and the nation’s 23rd-best cornerback. He verbally committed to Washington in April only top change his mind two weeks later.
Babiash told FoxSportsNext.com that Arizona is “the perfect spot for me.” Shortly after verballing, the recruit canceled a planned visit to Oklahoma.
“Arizona is the school I actually always wanted to go to, but I didn’t have an offer from them when I took my visit to Washington,” he said.
Few players in Arizona’s recruiting class can match Babiash’s resume; the Poway (Calif.) High School star chose the UA over offers from 15 other schools, including Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA. He is, so far, the only four-star player to verbally commit to the UA for 2013. The Wildcats have 11 three-star recruits and five two-star recruits, according to Scout. Five prospects have yet to be rated.
Babiash’s commitment gives the UA 22 players for 2013. He was the second player to verbally commit during a busy Sunday.
Central Point, Ore., linebacker Derrick Turituri chose the Wildcats over an offer from nearby Oregon State for a chance to play in the Wildcats’ new 3-3-5 “odd stack” defense.
"They were a close second," Turituri told the Star Sunday. "I knew that if one school was better, even though it was further away, that I would go there."
Arizona has "a great family atmosphere, great coaching staff, players, layout of school and everything," he said.
The Scout.com recruiting service has yet to rate Turituri, but the 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pounder has been garnering plenty of attention in recent weeks.
He chose Arizona over offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Oregon State. Boise State was also reportedly interested, but had not yet offered a scholarship.
Turituri is the second Crater High School standout to verbally commit to the Wildcats in as many weeks; fellow linebacker R.J. Morgan picked the UA program on June 24.
Turituri and Morgan have been best friends since the sixth grade. They toured the UA campus together two weeks ago.
Still, "the decision to go to Arizona was all my decision," Turituri said. Morgan's decision "was just a plus - a big plus."
Three-star receiver Samajie Grant picked Arizona over offers from San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State on Saturday, becoming the 20th player to verbally commit for 2013.
Grant caught 32 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 15 times for 138 yards and two scores as a junior at Ontario (Calif.) Colony High School last fall.
Players can sign national letters of intent in February.