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Babos brothers bringing their athleticism to Charleston

February 11, 2013
By Nik Zirounis , Town Crier correspondent

When two brothers are twins sometimes one of the boys excels in one area while the other excels at something totally different.

That is certainly not the case when discussing twin bros Justin and John Babos of Boardman. Both brothers were excellent football players for the Boardman Spartans who earned multiple letters for their achievements. Thanks to those stellar careers, the twins will now get to do something else together. Both Justin and John officially signed their letters of intent to continue their football careers for the University of Charleston in West Virginia. A signing ceremony and press conference took place at Boardman High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6, which is also known around the country as National Letter of Intent Day.

"It is an important day here at Boardman," said former Spartans' head coach Mark D'Eramo during the event. "I am so happy for both boys."

While D'Eramo was happy, the two kids he had the pleasure of coaching the past couple of seasons were ecstatic. Getting the opportunity to continue their football lives at a university that is only about four hours away will help make the change from high school to college life much easier.

"It feels like home there," said both Babos' almost simultaneously. "The campus life is great down there and they have unbelievable dorms."

When the two former Spartans decide to leave those palatial pads they will be part of a close-knit Charleston community. Being able to go from one place like Boardman to another in Charleston that stresses such a family bond played a major role in the decision for the duo.

"It was a really hard process," said Justin about the recruiting ordeal, "but I loved the atmosphere down there. It was a lot like Boardman."

The other Babos boy agreed wholeheartedly with his brother.

"The players down there are already helping us adapt," said John.

It won't be hard for either athlete to adapt if they keep making fans by wowing them on the football field. Justin starred for the Spartans at linebacker and led the team in tackles two seasons in a row. The 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound senior is equally adept at pressuring and sacking the quarterback. At Charleston, Justin will be expected to play the MIC or middle linebacker position and compete for a starting role early in his career.

"I'll do anything they want me to do to get on the field," said Justin. "I just love to smash people."

John's senior season at Boardman was a smash too. He spent most of it playing quarterback, but was also used as a defensive lineman. Although he improved greatly behind center during the course of the season, according to his coach, the nearly 240-pounder was much more at home when he got to pound people instead of passing the pigskin. He will get a shot at fullback and special teams in college.

"I only played fullback my junior year (at Boardman) so it will be a different transition," John said honestly. "Hopefully I'll get on the field early either at fullback or special teams."

Its not surprising considering the closeness of these twins that they both chose to study sports administration at Charleston. Both boys were fine students in high school and they attributed that to the superior Spartan support system.

"The four years (at Boardman) were great," said Justin. "We had such great teachers and coaches."

John concurred with his twin and added that he thinks that incredible instructing will continue down south.

"They have great academics (at Charleston)," he said excitedly. "That helped us make our decision."

If John sounds wise beyond his years it may be because he is the elder statesman of the Babos duo. John was born three minutes before his twin brother Justin, which is no problem for the younger twin.

"He'll get grey hair first," Justin joked.

That is the same color hair the Babos brothers gave coaches who tried to scheme against them in the Federal League and is something the opposing coaches of the University of Charleston are about to acquire.



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