Abdallah gives the latest

Nader Abdallah just returned from his latest visit (Tennessee), and he has one more to go before making a choice.

It is looking good for Ohio State in its recruitment of DT Nader Abdallah from Metairie (La.) Rummel High School.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Abdullah is fresh off a visit to Tennessee this weekend, but says the Buckeyes are still very much in the picture.

"Ohio State is high on my list," he said. "They are really up there right now."

Head coach Jim Tressel will make his in-house visit this week.

"He is coming Tuesday," Abdallah said. "He and coach (Bill) Conley."

Abdallah made his official visit to OSU last week and was hosted by Texas-native Ashton Youboty.

"Yeah, he showed me a real good time up there. I loved that Ohio State trip," Abdallah said.

He also enjoyed the trip to Tennessee this weekend.

"Yeah, it went pretty good," he said. "There are always things you like about every school."

Abdallah is deciding between OSU, Tennessee, Colorado, Michigan State and Florida State. He plans on making a decision before signing day.

"I like different colleges for different reasons right now," he said. "I have one more visit: Florida State. After that, I'm going to think about it for like two days and then I'm going to know."

Abdallah has always played defensive tackle, but as a prep junior he was a bit undersized at 240 pounds. He decided he wanted to stay at DT in college and knew he needed to put on some weight and muscle.

"I knew I had to get bigger and I added about 50-55 pounds between my junior and senior season," he said. "It was all about working hard and getting myself up to the place I need to be. Just a lot of hard work."

Abdallah said he worked out five days a week, for an hour and a half to two hours at a time. While adding the weight, he was careful not to lose his quickness.

"Of course," he said. "I made sure if I was gaining too much weight and losing my quickness, I never would have bulked up so much. I would have slimmed down again. I still think I'm really quick off the ball for my size, but just being a lot stronger has helped me a lot."

Abdallah, ranked as the No. 39 DT prospect by TheInsidersRecruiting.com, has decent workout numbers. He can bench 370 pounds, squat 530 and run the 40 in 4.95 seconds.

Although he is a Louisiana kid, LSU was never a consideration for him.

"Just pretty much my junior year, I decided I wanted to go out of state," he said. "LSU was recruiting me; they did want me to go there. No hard feelings for LSU. I like LSU's football team. I just wanted to go out of state. Plus, the economy in Louisiana is real poor. I want to go somewhere with a big business environment and have opportunities for me when I graduate.

"That's another reason Ohio State is so high on my list. I really like Columbus and what it has to offer."

There are a few other factors in OSU's favor.

"I really like their tradition and I know they are losing some really good defensive linemen," Abdallah said. "I liked watching Will Smith. He was a player."

Abdallah has already qualified academically and has a good idea of what he wants to major in.

"I'm thinking about hotel and restaurant management, but I'm going to go in undecided," he said.


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