Focus '08: Oday Aboushi

If it's truly big and athletic offensive linemen that colleges are looking for, they should look no further than Xaverian HS (Brooklyn, NY), home of Oday Aboushi. Aboushi stands in at an imposing 6-foot-6 and 300-pounds but his size is by no means a detriment to his movement. Indeed, it's the combination of the two that make him an OL with significant upside.

Oday Aboushi (Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY) is a name that has only recently begun to surface in recruiting circles. Aboushi impressed at the Chuck Mound Challenge in mid-March and duplicated that performance with an impressive showing at the BigTime Showcase. Standing in at 6-foot-6 and 300-pounds, the Empire State product combines impressive size with impressive agility and footwork, and though his name isn't a household name yet, chances are it won't be too long before it becomes one.

"I thought the competition at the BigTime Showcase was great. I thought I rose to the occasion and performed well," stated Aboushi, who looked impressive in the majority of his 1-on-1s.

Following up on that performance, Aboushi wasted no time before venturing out to central Pennsylvania to attend the Nike Camp. "I was invited to participate in the NIKE Camp at Penn State. I thought I did very well and I was told I finished among the top 3 defensive linemen," continued Aboushi, who offers significant versatility. Although he looks the part of a BCS Guard right now, Aboushi could also play on the interior of the defensive line at the next level.

The goal of participating in such events (e.g., combines) is to garner recruiting attention, something that Aboushi has seen increasing during recent weeks. "My recruiting in general has been moving at a fast pace. I am being recruited by Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, Uconn, Iowa, Illinois, Syracuse, Stanford, Pitt, Purdue, Temple, and Columbia. Most of these schools have received tape on me, and most of these schools have come to my school also," stated Aboushi.

Hofstra and Stony Brook have already extended scholarship offers and Buffalo looks to be next in line. Aboushi, who will be participating in the Combine on June 3rd, in Baltimore (Md.), also expects to attend summer camps at Boston College, Virginia, Duke, and Rutgers.

Though still very early in the recruiting process, SOR asked Aboushi to brief us on some if his top schools.

"Boston College, because it has a great football program as well as academics."

"Virginia, because it has a great football program."

"Penn State, because it has a lot to offer football wise."

"Michigan, because its close to my mother's side of the family, which I have a blast with."

"Rutgers, because I love the tradition and environment surrounding the school."

"Duke, because it's among the nation's top 20 schools."

With a temporary reprieve in the combine tour Aboushi is currently focusing on improving his trade, working on his speed, power, and athleticism.

"I lift weights three times a week after school with my team. I do intense conditioning two times a week and then speed training four times a week. For my speed training I use bungee cords for resistance during my forty take-offs as well as my explosion out of my defensive stance. I then do one on ones with my older brother, as an offensive tackle," concluded the versatile Aboushi.

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