Signing Day Impact: Etienne Sabino

Etienne Sabino is a Buckeye. The Miami [Fla.} Krop High superstar has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State. The commitment of Sabino is yet another great recruit from the state of Florida. Bill Greene has more on this exciting linebacker.

Etienne Sabino, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker, selected Ohio State over USC. Sabino had offers from nearly every top program in the country. Sabino was named All-State after another dominating season, recording over 100 tackles once again.


Great linebacker play has become a staple of the recent great Ohio State defenses. Etienne Sabino should only add depth to a well-stocked position. Sabino will battle Austin Spitler for the right to back up All-American James Laurinaitis.

"Etienne Sabino sheds blockers well and plays fast and ferocious," National Anlayst Allen Wallace informed. "He's got a knack for slicing through traffic to get to ballcarriers. This student-of-the-game has a sideline-to-sideline impact and also delivers punishing hits."

Sabino the next Ray Lewis? (Getty Images)

Pro Comparison: Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Like his hero, Lewis, Sabinio is a wrecking ball at linebacker, combining great speed and aggressiveness. Sabino can not only run to the football, bjut deliver a wallop when he gets there. Lewis racked up an amazing 184 tackles for the Ravens in 2007.

Sabino on His Future:

"The coaches said they're going to try me at all three linebacker spots, and see where I fit in best," Sabino said. "I like the fact that I can learn from a great player like James Laurinaitis. On the field, I have a nose for the football and can make plays. Off the field, I try to be a great teammate, and I always try to be a leader. I think I'm the kind of player that makes his teammates better."

Getting Sabino out of Florida seemed like a coup for Jim Tressel, but this youngster said he was never able to find what he found at Ohio State in any other school.

"Going into my junior year I visited Ohio State and fell in love with the place," Sabino said. "It was the first college campus I'd ever seen and I never seemed to lose that feeling for Ohio State. When I made my official visit the feeling became stronger that it was the right place for me."

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