Talented RB Likes UM; Sets Visit

This talented running back prospect had a busy spring talking to numerous college coaches from across the country. He likes a lot about the University of Miami, and has actually already set a visit date.

At 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, Apopka running back Alan Abrams has been a popular name in the prep circles in the state of Florida ever since he rushed for 183 yards against Miami Northwestern in the Class 6A state title game last December to help his Blue Darters capture the Class 6A state championship.

"We're out to win another state championship this year," Abrams told me. "If you win the title, everything will fall into place."

Abrams, who said he might run track his senior year, is already a full academic qualifier. That's one of the reasons he's a major prospect for college coaches all across the country.

"Almost all the SEC schools called," he said. "So did Miami, Nebraska, Purdue, and some others. I have four offers right now – LSU, South Carolina, Purdue, and Indiana."

So with all this recruiting action, who might the talented running back be favoring?

"I have no idea," he said. "I'm still wide open and I don't really have any favorites," Abrams – who grew up a Florida State fan – said. He does like what Miami has to offer, however.

"Miami said they'd like to have me down there," he said. "They said they narrowed down their list of running back prospects and I'm on it. They already talked about a date for an official visit. We talked about January 17 so we'll see what happens. I like Miami. It's close to home and plus Brandon [Merriweather] is going there this year."

Abrams said he really doesn't have a preference of staying in-state or leaving at this point.

"It really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I just want an opportunity. If it was to be in-state, I'd probably have to say Miami's my top choice. But I'm just going to wait and see which schools offer and all that."

Abrams, who was one of the best running backs at this year's NIKE Training Camp, talked about his strong performance in last season's state title game.

"We ran away from #11, Taurean Charles, all night," he said. "They were pretty fast, but we had a good scheme ready for them. If it weren't for Travarous Bain, I would have scored about three more touchdowns. He was real fast and could run anyone down."

Abrams, one of the state's top running back prospects, said he does not plan on attending any summer camps, as he will stay home and work out with his teammates as they gear up for another title run.

"I think we have a pretty good team and have a chance," he said. "I'm real excited about the season."

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