Sabino Will Visit Notre Dame this Month

Notre Dame already has a very strong group of linebackers in the 2008 recruiting class, but the Irish coaching staff would like to bring in at least one more. One of their top targets is Etienne Sabino of Dr. Michael M. Krop High School (Miami, Fla.) Sabino is one of the best prospects in the country and he will make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame at the end of the month.

Etienne Sabino (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) has offers from just about every top program in the country. Notre Dame would like to add him to this recruiting class, and they'll get a chance to show him what the Notre Dame program has to offer in a couple weeks.

"I'm going to be heading to Notre Dame the weekend of the July 26 and I'm also going to visit Ohio State when I'm up there," Sabino responded when asked about his plans to visit South Bend. "I like Notre Dame because there aren't a lot of schools that you get as good of a mix as football and academics as they have at Notre Dame. A Notre Dame degree speaks for itself. You can go anywhere in the country and the degree will do something for you. Coach Brown is another big reason. Everyone I've talked to about him says great things about him, even coaches from other schools.

"Coach Paramlee checks in on me every now and then, but I mostly talk to coach Brown. I talk to coach Brown almost every day. It's to the point that we really don't even talk about football anymore. He keeps me up to date about their class and their commitments. I know Ethan Johnson and a couple other guys just committed. He just keeps me up on what is going on up there. I've heard this class could be one of the best that they've had in a long time."

Even if the Irish make a strong impression on Sabino, there is still a long way to go with his recruitment.

"I've trimmed [my list of schools] down, but I don't want to say which schools, because I don't want to leave a bad impression." Sabino explained. "I have it down to about 10 schools right now. I'll probably announce my decision around my birthday which is in November.

"I do want to take some official visits. I want to take one to USC. That's the only one I know that I want to take for sure. Depending on how I like Ohio State and Notre Dame, they might get an official visit also. I just want to see how I like it once I get up there.

"I am graduating early. I'll be graduating in December. I want to get ahead in the classroom as well as on the field. I'll have a full semester more than the other incoming freshmen. You get more time to learn the playbook and get accustom to the system." Top Stories