Rummel DL becoming big prospect

The New Orleans area has been a fertile recruiting ground for LSU in recent years and this year will be no exception for Nick Saban and his staff.<br><br>One player Saban has had his eye for on for quite some time now is Archbishop Rummel-Metairie defensive tackle Nader Abdallah (6-4, 275, 4.8).

Abdallah received first team all-district recognition after posting 96 tackles and six sacks as a junior, but his biggest gains may have come after the football season ended when he added 20 to 25 pounds of weight to his body.

"He runs extremely well and he is pretty athletic," said Rummel defensive coordinator Mark Shreve. "Nader gets his hands up real quick and he does a good job of getting off blocks. He has gotten a lot bigger and stronger the last few years."

Abdallah made the short trip from Metairie to Baton Rouge for LSU's Junior Day with teammate Craig Steltz, and the Tigers are one of many schools to express interest in the talented duo from Rummel. Other schools worth mentioning with Abdallah are Tulane, Auburn, Indiana and Florida, but that list will grow considerably between now and the next couple of months.

"When all is said and done he will be recruited by everybody," Shreve told Tiger Rag. "He played undersized last year but everyone is starting to take notice of him now that he is up from 250 to 275 pounds. The only knock on him was his size but he has made a lot of progress in the weight room. I know coach (Lance) Thompson from LSU liked him a lot last year."

Abdallah was a menace to opposing team's backfields in 2002 despite drawing a ton of attention from the opposition.

"He was probably our best pass rusher last year," Shreve said. "To be able to rush the passer like that as a tackle is impressive because you get double-teamed most of the time."

Qualifying academically should not be a problem for Abdallah since he carries a 2.7 grade point average in his core classes and is waiting on the results from his standardized test.

Shreve said Abdallah is the type of kid every college coach should want in his program.

"Everybody likes him," he said. "He has a great personality and is just a fun-loving kid. He never gets in any trouble."

Sonny's View: Abdallah ranks right up there with LSU commitment Glen Dorsey of East Ascension and University's huge lineman, Glenn Davis, in terms of potential at the next level.

If Abdallah is able to maintain his speed and quickness since adding the weight he put on since football season, there is no telling how good he can be. I compare him favorably to current LSU defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who played his high school ball in North Louisiana at Ruston.

Shreve said Abdallah is not yet fully qualified with his academics, but he does not anticipate any problems at that end.


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