After he finished his junior campaign with 85 tackles, three fumble recoveries and 13 sacks, Rabasa saw the scholarship offers pour in fast, and the likes of Florida State and Miami were in the mix.
Two weeks ago, LSU - the team that eventually landed Gore out of CCHS in 2009 - extended an overture to the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder. While Rabasa has yet to name any leaders, the offer clearly left a lasting mark.
“I was out of town when it came, but my mom called me as soon as the letter got to the house,” Rabasa said. “I was definitely excited. I am getting a lot of attention from SEC and ACC schools, so an offer like LSU means a whole bunch. I don’t know much about the school now outside of them having a good program, but I will soon.”
Currently on Spring Break, Rabasa has not gotten the chance to gauge the response from his peers on his newest offer.
“Usually they are upset when big schools come calling that aren’t the Hurricanes,” laughed Rabasa, a Miami-native.
Yet, a fellow south Floridian who was ecstatic upon hearing the news was Gore, who Rabasa ran into over the weekend.
“He came by and saw me and we talked about what LSU was like,” Rabasa said. “He told me that when I come on my official visit next fall, he will have been in Baton Rouge for a while and would be able to show me around. I am already looking forward to that. Jakhari is one of my close friends.”
What will the Florida Top 100 prospect be looking for when he visits Baton Rouge?
“The coaching staff is the big thing with me,” Rabasa said. “I will look at the teams that have good tradition and are strong programs, then I will see which coaching staffs have stability. I want a staff coaching me that will be there the whole time. It’s tough to get by in college, and losing a position coach or head coach makes things even tougher.”
Rabasa, who said LSU was “up there” when it came to the preference of his offers, also has little hesitation with the idea of leaving home.
“Distance won’t be a factor, and neither will having a hometown favorite or any of that,” he said. “Lots of my friends are Miami fans, but I was just a fan of whatever team won the championship that season.
“I have seen the recruitment process play out plenty of times with the guys being recruited out of [Christopher Columbus High], and I just want to keep an open mind about each school and see where I fit best.”