South Florida Defender Will Visit Tally

Javier Estopinan, a linebacker from Miami (Fla.) South Miami has seen his stock go through the roof. The 6-foot-3 and 230 pound standout has a list of scholarship offers, including one from his childhood favorite Florida State. Recently, TheTerritory caught up with him to discuss his recruitment.

"I camped at North Carolina State and Ohio State over the summer," Estopinan, who compiled a record of 45-0 to the win the Class 3A state championship in wrestling, said. "It went really well and I got a little more experience from college coaching. I would say that North Carolina State is in my top 10 now and Ohio State is in my top five."

Right now, the South Floridian has offers from programs like North Carolina State, LSU, Florida, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Florida State, Boston College, Maryland and Nebraska.

At one time, he wanted to play against his childhood favorite and beat them.

Therefore, what does the four-star linebacker/defensive end think of the Noles now?

"Now that Florida State has offered and the coaches are recruiting me that has changed," he said. "I would say Florida State is in my top five now. I have not seen the campus yet so I am going to take an unofficial visit there in about two weeks. I really like Coach Steele. He has coached in the NFL and now he's at Florida State."

In addition to Florida State, he will also pay Florida an unofficial visit.

Some of the others schools on Estopinan's list are Pittsburgh, Florida and Miami.

Estopinan compares his style of play to Chicago Bear star Brian Urlacher.

"Like him, I'm kind of lean and aggressive," he said. "I play sideline to sideline."

Some of the factors in him choosing a school are early playing time and environment.

"I would like to make a decision sometime in December or early January," he said. "Some schools are recruiting me as a defensive end. "It doesn't really matter to me as long as I get play in college."

He is track to qualify academically by carrying a grade point average of 2.6 and a score on the SAT of 990. The Miamian would like to major in Electrical Engineering.

Nole Digest Top Stories