Many high school players who did not receive the necessary attention from college programs chose to go to prep school. If the players perform well and resolve any academic issues (if any), they will have the opportuity to receive the attention that they previously lacked. In the case of Luqman Abdallah, he made good use of the opportunity. He gained 20 to 30 pounds, dominated the line of scrimmage, improved his grades, and obtained offers from Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Wake Forest, and Miami. In doing so, he become one of the best defensive line propects in the Northeast.
To date, he has took visits to Rutgers, Michigan State, and Wake Forest. From these visits, he has started to develop a favorite among the schools. The small campus and outstanding academics were some of the reasons why Abdallah has Wake Forest on the top of his list. The coaching staff and the chance to play in the ACC are also a reason why he likes Wake Forest. As for Rutgers and Michigan State, they are neck and neck. He stated that both schools offer good football programs and academics. However, the opportunity to assist his home state university (Rutgers) get to a bowl game could be a factor in his decision making process. He stated that he would not mind staying home and assisting them. However, it is one of the many factors in his decision making process.
Although Wake Forest is apparently the current leader for his services, he stated that there is a little separation between the schools. He has developed a good relationship with each of the coaches recruiting him. Therefore, his final decision will be a difficult one. Some of the factors in his decision will be his degree of comfort with coaches, the atmosphere, and the facilities. However, the big factor will be the academics and the support system. What is not a factor in his decision is distance. A decision will not be made until he completes his visits and he alone will make the final decision.
Abdallah still has visits to Miami (1/14) and Virginia Tech (1/21) remaining. He stated the both programs have great tradition, play in a strong conference, and has placed many players in the NFL - putting more complexity to his decision.
Even how difficult the decision will be, a year ago, Abdallah had no scholarship offers. So any decision that he makes is a win-win situation.
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