At arguably one of the more talent-loaded camps across the map, Yasir Abdullah catapulted himself onto the national scene with linebacker MVP honors at the Opening Miami, and also posted a stellar 103.95 in the Nike Football Ratings, placing him ninth overall for the afternoon.
The 2018 prospect out of Miami Carol City has been a pleasant surprise to start the offseason, and now everything is starting to fall into place in regards to his standing on the recruiting front as well, possessing offers from LSU, Syracuse and South Florida.
In fact, the fleet-footed outside linebacker is already comfortable enough to serve up a leader in his recruitment.
"LSU," Abdullah replied when asked if he had a top school. "First off, they play in the SEC and coach O seems like a players coach. LSU is a quality academic school, and I watch guys like Duke Riley and like the scheme of the defense.
"I was excited to receive an offer from a big-time SEC school, even though my dad is a former Gator. Then I went to the gym the same day to get some extra work in, so I've been working harder ever since."
Abdullah, who's journeying up to Baton Rouge next weekend to see everything with his own eyes, is also well on his way to constructing a tight-knit relationship with coach Ed Orgeron's coaching staff.
"I have been introduced to the LSU staff, and the coach I've been bonding with the most is defensive assistant, Rob Snyder," Abdullah said. "He has been keeping me updated on the team and checking on me.
"He also likes the good things I've been doing during the offseason. He's real down to earth."
The three-star prospect understands that the recruiting process can sometimes be a numbers game, but plans to perform his extended research and not jump the gun with National Signing Day still nearly a whole year away.
"I know they probably have other guys they are looking at, but I'm just going to wait it out until me and my family are sure of the best fit for me," Abdullah said. "I want to be one of the guys on the top of their board.
"I don't want to be a good reserve on a team; I want to make an impact, coach."
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