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Cyrus “The Virus” Habibi-Likio | Michigan Satellite Camp, Antioch High School

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Posted June 24, 2016 by in

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by: Pranav Iyer

Rising senior Cyrus “The Virus” Habibi-Likio had a total of five carries his first two years playing for the Saint Francis Lancers to go along with a torn labrum that put him out of the game for an extended period of time. Going into his junior season, few knew of him. He was not even the primary running back until Class of ‘16 alum Lutoviko Ahoia went down with an injury in the second game. But that all changed when Habibi-Likio took the CCS by storm, ending the season with over 1400 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns.
These past few months, “The Virus” has been spreading throughout the nation. During the offseason, he competed with EPIC 7, a newly formed 7-on-7 team coached by Sione Ta’ufo’ou that consisted of the area’s top players.
“Things that stuck out with Cyrus: I would say, one, his competitive nature. Second, his coachability. And [third], he has a pretty deep desire to maximize his talents,” Ta’ufo’ou said.
Habibi-Likio believes EPIC 7 has given him the spotlight he needed and developed him into a better player by way of “the process.”
Through all the attention he sparked from the season and with EPIC 7, he has received several offers from Division I programs and verbally committed to Washington State University in May.
Over the summer, Habibi-Likio has attended several college satellite camps in an attempt to further spread
“The Virus.” Most recently, he was at the University of the Michigan satellite camp at Antioch High School on Thursday, June 23. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and much of his staff were on hand to witness Habibi-Likio win the 30-yard dash and finish third in the shuttle while competing with around 200 other prospects. Throughout the camp, Habibi-Likio continued to draw stares from coaches, taking reps at both running back and receiver. It was clear that he was a camp standout, but still, he says, he is not satisfied.
“You can just tell the difference with the culture of the East side and the West side of the nation with different football and the way they treat the players,” Habibi-Likio said. “It was intense but I learned a lot of things and I enjoyed it.”
Up next for Habibi-Likio is the University of Oregon “Friday Night Lights” satellite camp at Contra Costa College on June 24.


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