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Miami LB has multiple offers

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Miami (Fla.) Krop outside linebacker prospect Etienne Sabino has six scholarship offers, including one from a local powerhouse, and is getting serious attention from a number of other programs.
"I've got an offer from Miami today," Sabino said. "Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Duke, Auburn and North Carolina also have offered."
The 6-foot-3, 228-pounder added that Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame have been recruiting him heavily.
Sabino got an up-close look at the Hurricanes today.
"Miami got in touch this morning and they said they were going to offer me," Sabino said. "I also went to their practice today, I really like (linebackers) coach Michael Barrow. He spoke with me for a while. I was also very impressed with coach Shannon as well."
The offer and visit pushed the Hurricanes up Sabino's list of choices.
"It's still kind of early but they are definitely high on my list, now," he said.
Wesley McGriff is Sabino's recruiter of record for the Canes.
New Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has been recruiting Sabino for the Fighting Irish.
"I've been talking to coach Brown from Notre Dame and they haven't offered, but they are working on an offer."
Sabino traveled to Gainesville, Fla., this past weekend to get a look at the Florida Gators.
"I thought Florida was great," he said. "I was really impressed with scheme of practice up there and how they ran things."
Alabama assistant coach Lance Thompson also has been in touch.
"Alabama is showing me a lot of attention," Sabino said.
Sabino plans to head to North Carolina's Research Triangle to check out a trio of schools in mid-April.
"The weekend of April 14, going up to North Carolina," he said. "While I am there I will visit North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke."
John Blake is recruiting him for the Tar Heels, Mike Archer for the Wolfpack and Scottie Montgomery for the Blue Devils.
There are several aspects of a university that will be important to Sabino before he makes a decision.
"Academics and football," he said. "I want to have a good mixture of both, but I also want to be in a program I can help turn around."
He is hopeful that at this time next year, he will be on a college campus.
"I'm working on trying to graduate early in December," he said. "I am working with my coach in high school to try to do that. Hopefully I can do that if my principal approves me."
Most of the schools recruiting Sabino want him as a linebacker. He plans to attend the Miami NIKE Camp Sunday on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
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