Miami LB Sabino has LSU among favs

With the NFL draft still fresh in his mind, one of Miami's top linebackers, Etienne Sabino, said he does pay attention to which schools send players to the NFL.

The 6-3, 230-pound linebacker out of Krop High School recorded 131 tackles last season with eight sacks, two blocked kicks, 10 caused fumbles and one fumble return for a touchdown.

Sabino has received more than 20 offers so far this season and although he hasn't set it in stone, he said he does have a rough draft of his top teams.

"I'd say North Carolina, USC, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee would be my top teams right now," said Sabino. "I'm still looking though. I want to take a lot of unofficial visits and do some more research about all of the schools who are interested in me."

Sabino said he hasn't yet set anything up for this summer but that he would like to try to get to Notre Dame, Georgia and Tennessee. Although all the schools have been recruiting him hard, he said Notre Dame, North Carolina, USC, Florida, Georgia and South Florida have been text messaging and talking to him the most.

LSU defensive line coach Earl Lane is his recruiting coach at LSU and Sabino said he has only spoken with him once or twice after he got his offer in the mail. Even with limited contact with the Tigers, Sabino said he still has a lot of interest.

"They produce players," said Sabino. "I like the program as a whole, because they are always a strong one. I'm not too sure about the academics, but I'm pretty sure they aren't bad."

The South Florida native did keep a close eye on the draft and said that he was impressed with LSU's four players taken in the first round.

"It shows that certain schools are better and helping you get to that next level," said Sabino. "It shows that when you play for a school like LSU, you're going to have a chance to be drafted. For them to have four in one year is great. Some schools don't get that many in the whole draft."

With his hometown team Miami looming large in the background, Sabino said he doesn't have any reservations about leaving the state.

"Yeah, growing up I always liked Miami," he said. "I like the head coach there and what he's trying to build. There is pressure for me to go there, but I still want to weigh my options and make a decision that will be the best thing for me. I just want to be at a school that will make me feel the most comfortable."

Comfort will be one of the main factors for Sabino in his decision.

"Academics will have to be good," said Sabino. "Secondly I want to be comfortable with my surroundings and around the coaches. It's going to be a place I'll be for the next four years, so I really need to be comfortable in that environment."

Note** GPA 3.0 1180 SAT

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