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Awrabi could get more attention

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LAS VEGAS - Sam Awrabi is a muscular and physical 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker - or is he a defensive end? That question remains unanswered as colleges try to figure out where the Clovis (Calif.) Clovis East standout fits best at the next level.
"I think schools are just not sure," Awrabi said at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7. "The way I play football it can be either one.
"I play defensive end but I'm hopefully moving to linebacker this year. In high school it's all about the team so I'm going to do what's best for the team. No matter where I'm at it's game over for my opponent."
Hawaii recently offered Awrabi, who said Arizona State, Boise State and Illinois are also involved in his recruitment. He doesn't know too much about Hawaii's program yet but he plans to meet the coaches this spring so that excites him.
"I've been in contact with a lot of schools," Awrabi said. "I went to Cal's junior day and I'm going to try to make it out to ASU's junior day and also Boise State.
"ASU might come through with an offer soon and Illinois wants to make sure I'm not only interested in the Pac-10. It is a while away from home but I'm open to anything at this point. I definitely like Illinois and I love the defense. That will open up a whole lot of doors."
Awrabi's relationship with Hawaii's coaching staff is still fresh. He has chatted with some assistant coaches but hopes to get to know them better in the coming months especially when things open up more in the spring.
With a solid performance at the Badger Sports event, more schools could be getting involved as well - and maybe even some Pac-10 programs.
"I had to make sure the Hawaii coaches saw my film and then after that there was definite interest," Awrabi said.
"They're really friendly, they're really personable but I haven't been able to get out there and meet them in person. I'll be meeting them in spring along with a lot of other schools that are coming out."
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