There aren't too many players at the high school level more physically impressive than Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial athlete Zander Fabbri. We've had a chance to see Fabbri in action a few times over the last month and feel he's definitely one of the elite prospects in the West region.
At a rock solid 6-1, 245 pounds, Fabbri looks like a college player right now. He attended the recent NIKE combine in Oakland this past weekend and was easily among the most impressive athletes in attendance.
Fabbri clocked a 4.82 in the 40, 4.40 shuttle, jumped 31 inches in the vertical and did 27 reps on the bench. His 79.53 SPARQ Rating was good enough for 10th best in the combine, which had close to 800 players in attendance.
Fabbri showed his junior season that he's much more than just a workout warrior as he can get it done on the field as well. He earned all-state underclass honors this past season at linebacker after racking up 94 tackles and had a big year running the ball as well rushing for 833 yards and 17 touchdowns.
It will be interesting to see where Fabbri will play in college. He could project at several positions including his current linebacker slot or grow into a defensive lineman. He also has the ability to play fullback, H back or even tight end in college although he may lack the ideal height for the tight end position.
One thing very clear is Fabbri is a very talented player who should be recruited at the high Div I level. Not only is he a talent, the athlete has a great work ethic as well. Earlier this month, Fabbri made the four drive from Bakersfield to Long Beach to take part in one of the NIKE SPARQ mini camps to learn more about training and the staff raved about him following the camp.
"I still haven't been offered yet but I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now," Fabbri said. "I'm pretty open but I like the Pac 10 schools a lot and wouldn't mind staying close to home. If I had to name a top five, it would be Cal, UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington. I would like to go through the recruiting process, take some trips and I'm not in any hurry to make my decision right now."