Earlier this afternoon, Everett High senior defensive back Lubern Figaro told ESPN's Jared Shanker he has narrowed it down to five schools for his college choice -- Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.
"There's no order to those," Figaro told Shanker in a blog posted now on RecruitingNation (Insider only).
To date the 6-foot, 180-pound Figaro has offers from Boston College, UMass, Michigan State, Wisconsin, UConn, Syracuse and North Texas. Temple, Maryland and Miami (Fla.) have also shown varying degrees of interest, while FCS upstart Old Dominion has also extended an offer.
Figaro started all 13 games this past season for the Crimson Tide, alternating between strong safety and slot cornerback, as they captured their third straight Eastern Mass. Super Bowl title. Alongside seniors Jakarrie Washington (Wisconsin), Jalen Felix (Eastern Arizona JC) and Gilly De Souza (UMass-Lowell - soccer), Everett's secondary was considered the state's most feared. Figaro registered 37 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions for the season.
Interestingly enough, Washington -- who surprised many last winter with his commitment to Wisconsin out of nowhere, two weeks before signing day -- has been trying to recruit Figaro to the Badgers.
"They won the Big Ten and they have an amazing program over there,” Figaro told Shanker. “[Washington] said to join him up there and put Massachusetts on the map.”
Michigan State will be Figaro's first visit, on July 26. He also plans to visit the other schools before making a decision before the beginning of the season, which starts August 19 with the first day of MIAA-sanctioned practices.
Figaro is ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in Massachusetts, and a three-star recruit, by ESPN. His evaluation by RecruitingNation praises his hard-nosed demeanor, saying, "Figaro's athleticism and toughness should prove beneficial as a special teams player. Some time and most likely a redshirt year will be necessary to develop coverage skills prior to challenging for playing time at the BCS level of competition."