Welcome to Part IV of this ten-part series.
No. 7—Etienne Sabino
LB (6-3, 235)
Sabino, a five-star top prospect, was recruited by Ohio State and joined the incoming class of 2008 after a stellar career at Dr. Michael Krop H.S. in Miami, Florida.
He was rated as the No. 2 overall linebacker in the nation (No. 1 MLB) and was ranked in the overall top 100 by all the major recruiting sites including ESPN, Rivals, Scout, PrepStar and SuperPrep.
He was an All-Dade County and All-Florida first team selection in 2008 after posting 146 tackles, seven QB sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception.
He was named an EA Sports All-American and was invited to play in the 2008 US Army All-American game in 2008 as well.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tabbed him in their Super Southern 100.
Sabino played in all thirteen games for the Buckeyes in 2008 on special teams.
Sabino has great size and athletic ability. He has the speed to play sideline-to-sideline and the strength to stuff the run.
He's very fluid and he flies to the football and punishes runners. Against the pass, he has shown solid athleticism and range. His ability to pressure the quarterback in blitz packages is nearly unmatched.
Sabino plays extremely well in traffic and his blitzing skills are incredibly impressive. He can find his way around or through blockers and bodies on the field as well as any linebacker in the nation, playing low and balanced in and around the big uglies.
Ohio State has consistently produced many great linebackers over the years and sent them on to NFL stardom.
With James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman continuing that tradition of moving on to the NFL after last season, look for Sabino to assume the role of the next great linebacker at Ohio State.
He certainly has big shoes to fill, but don't be shocked if and when you see him meet, and even exceed the expectations that are undoubtedly going to be placed upon his shoulders.
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