Recruiting Update - Thom Abbott, Kyle Decker

A couple of QBs from Ohio who are still hoping for more attention are Mentor's Thom Abbott and Granville's Kyle Decker.

Ohio high school football fans are likely familiar with Thom Abbott, the QB of the Mentor Cardinals, who were state semifinalists this year.  Abbott is 6-2, 185 and ran a 4.5 Ohio U camp.

"I have an offer from Ball State," he said. "Duke is calling. I'm getting some attention from Eastern Michigan. Northwestern was showing interest, then the coach that was contacting me got the Eastern Michigan job."

With that speed, would defensive back be a possibility?

"I played a little defensive back as a freshman but not anymore," he said.

Abbott threw for 1800 yards, 19 TDs, and 11 INTs this year with 600 rushing yards.


I can't understand why Granville, OH QB Kyle Decker isn't getting more attention. He's a really good football player, moves well. The games I saw him in, he was running for his life, which makes his stats from this year (2800 yards passing, 3200 if you include the playoffs, 35 TDs, 6 INTs) more impressive.

Decker is 6-3, 175 and ran a 4.62 40 at a camp. He has no offers right now, and Kentucky, Akron, Kent and James Madison are showing interest.

"I was going to take an official visit to Akron but they got a commitment right before I was to visit, and they only wanted one quarterback," he said. "I've been down to a couple of games at Cincinnati. Miami of Ohio is calling this week."

"Cincinnati was coming in and calling before Coach Minter was let go," he also said.

Decker is really just looking for a chance at D-I ball.

"This is kind of frustrating," he said. "I just want a shot."

Decker's TD/INT stats are way up from last year as he 16 TDs and 12 INTs last year.

"I got better at setting and got more comfortable with the offense. Last year was my first year with this offense," he said.

Decker is fully qualified and is playing basketball. Granville is a small school, but they had a tough schedule as their four losses came against Division II playoff team Whitehall-Yearling, Division V state champ Gahanna Columbus Academy, and a playoff loss against Coshocton. Decker led Granville to their first ever playoff game. Granville also beat an excellent Newark Licking Valley team that had a great playoff run.


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