Derek Babiash has not yet received an offer from UCLA but after the Poway, Calif., cornerback visited for the junior day the Bruins have definitely moved up even higher on his list.
The 6-foot, 173-pound prospect who helped lead his team to an undefeated season during his junior year said he especially liked the message from the new UCLA coaching staff and he's excited to stay in touch with them.
"It was good up there," Babiash said. "It was a really fun trip. We walked around the campus for a while and then we had a coach's meeting and then we met with our position coaches.
"I liked the coaches a lot. They were really confident and positive. I really like their philosophy on things."
Oregon State and Washington State have offered Babiash so far and he's hearing from UCLA and other Pac-12 teams. The Bruins definitely made a positive impression on him and he's hoping to return for summer camp to possibly earn an offer.
"They were talking to us about coming up for spring ball and coming back more when the players were there," Babiash said.
"It's a school I'm definitely really interested in. They want me to come out to the summer camp in June and I'm looking forward to it."
The only other trip Babiash has planned at this point is to Oregon State in early April. He might also visit Washington State since the Cougars offered in the last couple weeks.
Ever since he was offered by Oregon State, even before his junior day visit to UCLA, the Bruins have been considered the early favorite.