South Miami LB has seen his stock go up

Javier Estopinan, a linebacker from Miami (Fla.) South Miami, has seen his stock go through the roof. The 6-foot-3 and 230 pound standout has a list of scholarship offers, including one from the Panthers. Pitt Insiders caught up with him to discuss his recruitment.

"I camped at North Carolina State and Ohio State over the summer," said Javier Estopinan, who compiled a record of 45-0 to the win the Class 3A state championship in wrestling. "It went really well and I got a little more experience from college coaching. I would say that North Carolina State is in my top 10 now and Ohio State is in my top five."

Right now, the South Floridian has offers from programs like Ohio State, North Carolina State, LSU, Florida, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Boston College, Maryland and Nebraska.

Therefore, what does the four-star linebacker/defensive end think of Pitt?

"I really like Pittsburgh," he said. "I like the coach that's recruiting me from there. He came across as very down to earth. I plan to take an official visit there in the fall. My friend from Killian high school, Kennard Cox, will be a freshman there in the fall. I would say Pittsburgh is in my top ten."

Some of the other schools on Estopinan's list are Florida State, Florida and Miami. In two weeks, he will take an unofficial visit to Florida and Florida State.

Estopinan compares his style of play to Chicago Bear star Brian Urlacher.

"Like him I'm kind of lean and aggressive," he said. "I play sideline to sideline."

Some of the factors in him choosing a school are early playing time and environment.

"I would like to make a decision sometime in December or early January," he said. "Some schools are recruiting me as a defensive end. "It doesn't really matter to me as long as I get play in college."

He is on track to qualify academically by carrying a grade point average of 2.6 and a score on the SAT of 990. The Miamian would like to major in Electrical Engineering.

Dave Peters

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