Gilman DE Victor Abiamiri

The outstanding defensive-end from Gilman School in Baltimore may be one of the best defensive recruits in the country. Count the Nittany Lions as one of the many teams interested.

Name: Victor Abiamiri
Position: DE / TE
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 250 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59
School: Gilman School, Baltimore, MD

"I think he'll be the best defensive player in the nation next year, or certainly in the top 5," Gilman head coach Biff Poggi said confidently.

"He's lean and he's only 15 years old. He'll be 16 in the spring. He's Jevon Kearse, he's unblockable. He's hurdled people and he's run through people. Athletically, he's off the charts.  He's also a tremendous human being."

 Victor was named 1st Team All-State as a defensive player.  He also participates in basketball and track.

"He does the triple jumper, long jump, shot put and discus."

Victor has amazing speed for a young man of his size.

"When he came to us, we were going to play him at tailback he was so fast."

Coach Poggi believes that Victor will play defensive-end in college.

"It's very important that Victor play in a system where he's one gap at defensive end going to the quarterback. You would be wasting him at in a two gap, or three.  That's a waste of his abilities. This kid has a move to the quarterback--, he's like Julius Peppers, this kid's incredible. So, the scheme that a school plays will be very important to him."

Coach Poggi would like to see both Victor and teammate Ambrose Wooden select solid academic institutions.

"I really hope they go to a place where academically they're going to get good, quality degrees. As far as football, they're going to make some coach very happy and I just want to make sure they get a good deal for themselves.

"Victor has a 91 average at Gilman. He got around 1200 on the SAT."

Poggi believes that Victor will make an early decision.

"He'll probably make a decision by July 1.  What we have found is that it weighs too heavily on these boys. These kids do have a very heavy academic load and at our school you have to play three sports, athletics are a co-curriculum."

Assistant coach, Keith Kormanik, also believes Victor may be the number one defensive player in the country.

Coach Kormanik stated that he called Penn State on Wednesday at the request of the Penn State coaching staff.  Both Victor and Ambrose were "absolutely thrilled" to have the opportunity to talk with legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno.  Paterno made it clear that both players have scholarship offers.

Victor has written scholarship offers from Penn State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Northwestern, Syracuse, Iowa, Ohio State, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia and Maryland. He has several other verbal scholarship offers.

Victor will be taking several unofficial visits this summer.  According to Coach Kormanik, Victor and Ambrose will "without a doubt" visit State College.

Kormanik does not believe that either player will attend the Nike Camp to be held at Penn State on April 21.  He does not believe it to be necessary considering all of the written scholarship offers each player has already.

Maryland may have a distinct advantage in recruiting Abiamiri.

"Both of his brothers are scholarship kids at Maryland," Kormanik said.  "His older brother is, I think, a redshirt junior. His middle brother is going to be a freshman next year. So, they're coming really hard at him."

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