Obviously passing the look test, 2014 OT Ian Fabian of Hillcrest High School is hoping that the looks along with hard work, great potential, a strong highlight film, and superb grades will open the eyes of more college coaches. The 6'5 285 pound prospect sat down with us and he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
"Last season I started 12 games and graded out at 80+ percent. We went 5-7 last year."
Fabian plays mostly left guard and left tackle for the Rams but he's played almost every position on the line so far in his career. It's that versatility that he takes pride in and hoping that will help entice more schools to take a longer look at him.
Already a lot of schools are taking a look apparently as he holds one offer currently.
"I'm hearing from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Furman, The Citadel, Lehigh, Charleston Southern, Stetson, Davidson, Gardner Webb, Wake Forest, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale, Presbyterian, North Carolina Central, UNC Charlotte, Kentucky Christian, and Macalester."
"I've got an offer from Kentucky Christian so far."
Asked which programs are recruiting him the hardest right now Fabian says there's a long list of suitors.
"I'd say Lehigh, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Furman, Georgia Tech, NC State, and The Citadel are recruiting me the hardest right now."
When asked to cite the strengths and weaknesses of his game Fabian broke things down for us.
"I have good foot speed and I'm very smart too which allows me to learn different positions and different offenses. This off season I would like to improve my speed, strength, and being even more physical."
"I've visited with Georgia Tech, NC State, and Duke, and Furman."
Fabian says he'd like to hear more from Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Furman in the very near future.
The 2014 prospect says the goal for next season is to help the Rams have a winning season and strive towards winning a state championship. He said he'd like to stay healthy, start every game, and just be a better team leader for his squad.
Already a leader in the classroom Fabian shared with us some of his academic achievements.
"Along with being a team captain on the football team I was named Scholar Athlete of the Week and and also Scholar Athlete of the Year. I have a 5.0 GPA and have scored a 33 on the ACT and 1310 on the 2-part SAT and a 1940 on the 3-part SAT."
The 6'5 285 pound prospect doesn't take football lightly either he's hungry to show college coaches that he'll be a player worth offering and that can contribute early to a college program. He'll be putting in work with a former Ram and current NFL player to help improve his technique and train for playing on the college level.
"I have started varsity ever since my sophomore year for a total of 19 games so far. I have lettered both my sophomore and junior years. I have played every position on the offensive line except for center."
"As of right now, it is unclear of what my position on the line this year will be. My head coach has considered trying me at all of the positions, including center, but decided to keep me at left guard for the spring. I have been working a little at center, and there is a good chance I may be playing there this year."
"I will be receiving help this summer from Jamon Meredith, he's an offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a former Hillcrest graduate who played at South Carolina and then entered the NFL. I believe that my upside is tremendous. In my 4 previous years of playing high school football, I have not had an offensive line coach and have learned my technique from either going to camps or watching film I know that with the right program and the right coaching, I will make someone a great o-lineman. I just want a chance to prove myself."
Given his penchant for learning, intelligence, size, and upside we're betting that more schools will start recruiting Fabian heavily over the summer and that more offers will come his way. Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Fabian as his recruitment starts to heat up!