Standout Defender Visits Tigers

One of Miami's top defensive players talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Miami, Fla.--With over 400 campers on hand, many top prospects from around the South, this past weekend was a big one in terms of recruiting for the Auburn Tigers. In addition to the camp Auburn had several players visit unofficially just to check out the campus and facilities. One of those players was standout linebacker Etienne Sabino from Dr. Krop High.

A physical linebacker prospect listed at 6-3, 230 with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, Sabino has offers from schools all over the country. One of those offers is from Auburn and Sabino visited the campus as part of a tour of schools he's doing this summer. After checking out the Auburn program he says he's impressed by everything he saw.

"Auburn is definitely a school I'm interested in," Sabino tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think I expected less of Auburn but it's a great place. It's very exciting and people feel strong about football there. I really like Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (James) Willis. I met some of the players and they were down to earth. A lot of them were from Miami and that made me feel at home.

"Auburn is up there," he adds. "They definitely have a lot to offer. It's a great opportunity for a linebacker and them playing a 3-4. They only have seven linebacker for next year and playing a 3-4 that means a lot of opportunity."

With an offer list nearing 40 schools, so many that Sabino says he's lost count, perhaps the toughest thing to do for a prospect is to begin to narrow down his list to a workable number. That is exactly the problem Sabino is facing at the moment but he says he'll begin to do just that after his tour ends next week.

"I don't have a top five or a top three or anything like that," Sabino says. "Over the summer I'm narrowing down my list. Auburn was actually our third stop. The first was Georgia and then Tennessee and then Auburn. Sunday we saw Georgia Tech and then headed back to Miami."

A very good student with a 3.0 GPA and an 1180 on the SAT, Sabino says he's hopeful he can graduate high school early and begin his college career next spring. That should make his stock rise even more as teams get a player that could be capable of helping as a true freshman.

As a junior, Sabino was one of the most productive linebackers in the Miami area as he finished with 131 tackles and eight sacks. A physical player that benches 370 pounds and has a vertical leap of 32 inches, Sabino is the type of player that college coaches covet to play linebacker on the next level.

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