Octavien To Decide In A Week

Palatine (Ill.) Harper Junior College linebacker Steven Octavien returned from his official visit with a solid offer and says he has now narrowed his list down to two schools – Nebraska and UNC.

"I give Carolina two thumbs up," Steven Octavien told Inside Carolina Sunday night. "It was an excellent visit. They showed me a lot of things. They just made my decision so much harder."

Octavien says he also has verbal offers as well from Central Florida, Indiana, Arizona and Purdue, and that he's still considering UCF.

But he made it clear he will likely decide between the Tar Heels and Huskers – and he will do so Monday, Dec. 13.

"It's really a toss-up," Octavien said. "Both schools have things that the others don't. They're both very unique."

He said he uses a self-designed point system for grading each school and that the race is too close to call right now.

The Naples (Fla.) native originally committed to Illinois out of high school, but was then placed at Harper JC by the Illini coaching staff after he failed to qualify academically.

Before Octavien suffered a knee injury in the Hawks second game of the season, he already had 27 tackles (15 solo) and four sacks. At first it appeared he may have torn a ligament and done severe cartilage damage, but it turned out to be just a bad hyperextension. He returned to lead Harper to a win in their bowl game, with 15 tackles.

A 2003 JUCO All-America and national champion in the discus and hammer throw, Octavien also finished third nationally in the shot put, fifth in the long jump and was a member of the Harper's national champion 4x400 relay team.

He said he wanted to go to a school that would allow him to play both football and track.

"Nebraska and North Carolina both have great track coaches, and UCF doesn't have a track team – so that is really killing them."

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