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Everett DB Lubern Figaro names top five

July, 9, 2013
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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."

Michigan State offers Everett's Figaro

April, 18, 2013
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Everett High Class of 2014 defensive back Lubern Figaro received his first Big Ten scholarship offer, from Michigan State, he confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this afternoon.

The Spartans become the third Division 1 FBS program to offer the 6-foot, 180-pound Figaro, joining Boston College and UMass. Temple has also expressed interest.

"It feels incredible, to have the chance to possibly go to the Big Ten one day," Figaro said. "I'm surprised to get an offer from the Big Ten, they don't really recruit people from Boston."

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 Jalen Felix, Gilly De Souza and Wisconsin signee Jakarrie Washington, Everett's secondary was considered the state's most feared. Figaro registered 37 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions for the season.

This marks the second time in as many months that Michigan State has dipped into the Bay State to extend an offer to a Class of 2014 prospect. Last month, the Spartans offered Millis/Hopedale lineman Jon Baker, who himself also holds offers from Rutgers, Temple, Ohio, Boston College, UMass and UConn.

Michigan State offers Millis/Hopedale's Baker

March, 18, 2013
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Michigan State extended a scholarship offer to Millis/Hopedale two-way lineman Jon Baker, his head coach Dale Olmstead told ESPNBoston.com this morning.

The Spartans are the second Big Ten school and fourth FBS school from outside the New England region to offer Baker. Since the beginning of February, Baker has seen FBS offers come in from Rutgers, Temple and Ohio, to go along with offers that first came last spring from Boston College, UMass and UConn. He also has offers from FCS schools Harvard, Yale, Old Dominion and Holy Cross; Stanford, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and UCLA have also expressed varying amounts of interest.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker is considered one of the top prospects in New England, and generally projects as a center in college. In 2012, his junior season, he registered 78 tackles with four sacks at defensive tackle to earn a spot on ESPNBoston.com's annual All-State Team. He also earned Tri-Valley League Lineman of the Year honors for the second straight year, as the Mohawks made their second straight MIAA Division 4 playoff appearance.

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