Abdallah Talks On Eve Of Decision

Metarie, LA Rummel DT Nader Abdallah will be announcing his decision tomorrow. Dave Biddle caught up with him to find out what some of the factors will be in his choice between OSU and Tennessee.

Defensive tackle Nader Abdallah has made his decision and will announce it Wednesday at 3 p.m. CST during an ESPN.com chat.

"It's going to be Ohio State or Tennessee," Abdallah told Bucknuts.com.

Abdallah (6-5, 300) was visited by Jim Tressel on Monday.

"I had a great time just hanging out with him," Abdallah said. "He pretty much stayed the whole day with me. He was here from about 1-9."

Tressel talked a little bit about football, but not much.

"Yeah, he pretty much talked about things besides football," Abdallah said. "My life and opportunities I have in life. He's a great man."

Playing as a true freshman is a priority for Abdallah. One of the reasons he is considering OSU is the fact that the Buckeyes are losing three starting D-linemen.

"Yes, I would like to play my first year," Abdallah said. "(Redshirting) is never going to be my intention unless something happens. I want to go in there and compete for the job."

Tennessee also has some holes to fill on its D-line.

"Yeah, they do," Abdallah said. "They're pretty much the same (as Ohio State). There are opportunities there too."

Finally, Abdallah was asked why a southern boy was considering Ohio State so strongly.

"They're a great football program, great coaches and a great city," he said. "Columbus is booming right now and creating a lot of job opportunities in that city. It's a growing city.

"They'll be competing for the national championship every year. They're the No. 1 public university in my eyes and they have a lot of great things to offer… So does Tennessee too."

It sure looks good from OSU's perspective. We'll find out for sure tomorrow.


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