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."
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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