Three Left For Abdallah

Metarie, LA DT Nader Abdallah has cut his list to Florida State, Ohio State and Tennessee. We should find out this week which one he chooses.

Defensive Tackle Nader Abdallah returned from his visit to Florida State this weekend and has cut his final list of schools down to three.

"I have eliminated Colorado and Michigan State," Abdallah said. "It is down to Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida State."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Abdallah says he still does not have a favorite.

"I like those three, but in no particular order," he said. "I am probably going to make my decision this Thursday; at the latest Friday."

We pressed Abdallah to give us a hint in terms of which way he was leaning, but he offered only this: "It's looking very good for Ohio State. With those two schools no longer in the picture, now there's a third of a chance."

Jim Tressel was slated to make his in-house visit with Abdallah last Tuesday, but re-scheduled.

"He's coming tomorrow (Monday)," Abdallah said. "He and coach (Bill) Conley. It got rescheduled because Coach Tressel wanted to spend the whole day with me tomorrow."

Tennessee's Phil Fulmer and FSU's Bobby Bowden have already made their in-house visits with Abdallah. However, Vols assistant coaches are expected to visit him Tuesday and Seminoles assistants will follow Wednesday.

"I have them coming each day, and then I should know," Abdallah said.

The lineman just wants this hectic time to be over.

"It's definitely a nerve-racking month for me," he said. "It's exciting, but this is a big decision. It will be a relief to make my decision and start getting ready for college."

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