"I had some offers at smaller colleges," Abdallah said. "I was all set to go to Ursinis College in Pennsylvania. However, I had also applied previously to The Hun School and just before I was about to leave for college, I got word that I was in at The Hun School. It was a major blessing for me."
A blessing indeed. The 6-4, 305-pounder was coming off an outstanding senior season in high school and had one more chance to put together an even more impressive resume.
"I had a great senior year at Trenton Central but the thing is not many college coaches viewed that as a top program," he said. "It wasn't heavily recruited and I knew that if I could have that type of season here (at Hun) then I'd be all set."
He was able to do just that. Abdallah finished this past season with 75 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks. He began getting major attention from various college programs.
"Things really started heating up for me," he said. "We've got a bunch of players here who are also being looked at pretty heavily. Shea McKeen, one of our offensive linemen, is a big recruit. We have Myron Rolle, who will be one of the top recruits next year. I'm glad all these coaches had a chance to look at me."
"This weekend I'm going to Wake Forest and then I have Miami (1/14) and Virginia Tech (1/21). I also just got a call from Florida so I might look into taking a trip there, maybe unofficially. I'm having a hard time figuring out where I'm going to end up."