Fabbians Ebelle has begun the process of proving his worth to recruiters. The 6'-7", 287 pound offensive tackle participated in Scout's Combine in Evanston recently. He was measured, timed, and tested in one-on-one competition against defensive linemen. He must do that to become better known.
"I haven't had much exposure to combines and stuff like that," Ebelle explains. "So I just took it upon myself to come out here and get a name for myself. I plan to get my name out pretty soon. I want to show people what I have to offer."
Ebelle has film proving he played high school ball last fall, but colleges are just now starting to inquire about his play.
"I started for Simeon last year, so coaches have a chance to watch my film."
Deluxe talent evaluator Randy Taylor watched Simeon play last fall but doesn't remember seeing him. Ebelle is convinced that is about to change.
"What makes me better than most is I feel I haven't been successful. So that gives me extra drive to work hard so I can be successful. I have to reach my goals, there's no other option."
With that in mind, Ebelle plans to keep busy this summer.
"I'm planning to go to a lot of camps this summer, a lot of one-day camps and Big Man camps. I want to get a lot of exposure."
He is driven to reach specific goals.
"My goals are to be a big time player, go to college and go to the League so I can support my family. For me, success is inevitable. It has to come."
Colleges are beginning to take notice.
"I'm hearing from a lot of schools. I talk to Michigan State a lot, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas State, Syracuse, Louisville, Toledo. I've been talking to a lot of people, but I have no scholarship offers yet."
With Simeon products Martez Wilson, Jack Ramsey and walkon Nattiel Perkins on the Illini roster, Ebelle is drawn to his state school.
"I have a true interest in Illinois. It's not too far from home, and it's a great program. I really love the energy they give because I really feed off of team energy. That's a place that has a lot of team energy."
Ebelle is raw and lacks technique training. But he has traits all colleges seek. Allen Trieu, Midwest Recruiting Analyst for Scout, commented about Ebelle after watching him in the Chicago Combine.
"Chicago Simeon offensive tackle Fabbians Ebelle has legit size at 6'7, 287, and he improved as the day went along. He is raw and needs to play with better knee bend, but he uses his long arms well and he plays with a mean streak, putting several guys in the dirt. He has tools that can't be taught, and once he improves technique and gets in the weight room, he should be a very good one."