It's a really exciting time for Sam Awrabi because the Clovis (Calif.) Clovis East outside linebacker already has an offer from Hawaii, is taking an unofficial visit to UCLA on Tuesday and could be on the cusp of many more offers.
Because Awrabi, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect who shined at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 in Las Vegas, played defensive end in his junior season he doesn't have linebacker film to show coaches but many schools are expected to visit him in the spring.
And numerous coaches said after they see him in person an offer could be coming.
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"I'm overly excited for spring," Awrabi said. "It has been such a motivation to know that my recruiting is definitely different than a lot of kids. They had the film they needed for what they're doing.
"Spring is going to be a great opportunity to show what I have. I've been training all out every day with my diet and in the weight room and speed training and I'm going to showcase all that. It's going to be on my field at my school with my coach and in my weight room so that's a huge advantage for me. I'm supremely confident there are going to be great results with these schools."
SMU, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Cal and USC are mainly the schools showing interest in Awrabi, who will visit UCLA on Tuesday and will also see Stanford soon.
Awrabi said he talks with coaches from almost all of those programs on a weekly basis and has developed strong relationships with many of them. That will only help for this spring when they can watch him work out in person.
"Those are all schools I talk to weekly," Awrabi said. "They just need to get a fair evaluation on me before they offer. I didn't actually play linebacker this year, I played defensive end, so they need to get an evaluation with my hips and my footwork.
"The only way it can happen is going to be in person. This spring evaluation period when they're coming out to the school is going to be huge for me."
The UCLA visit is another big step for Awrabi, who said his brother attends school there so he's already familiar with the campus but wants to get a closer look at the football facilities. He hopes an offer from the Bruins is close as well.
"I'm definitely looking forward to UCLA," he said. "My brother goes there so I've seen the campus a couple times and it's a beautiful campus. Academically, I'd be set there. As far as the facilities go I'm excited to see that and the practice field and I already know the vibe of the campus and I love the vibe."