...And There Were Two.

After making a name for himself during the combine and camp circuit, Oday Aboushi quickly grabbed more than a half dozen scholarship offers before making a commitment to Boston College. However, he felt that the decision was abrupt and decided to decommit. With National Signing day less than a month away, he is now down to two schools.

"I'm down to Rutgers and Virginia. I feel very comfortable with these two schools."

In December, Aboushi took an official visit to Virginia and left impressed enough to named them his leader. "Their coaching staff is great. I like the atmosphere, players and environment. There is a chance for early playing time at the left tackle position. They do not have a lot of depth at left tackle with the graduation of Eugene Monroe. They are not sure if they want to redshirt me or not. But if I go there and work hard that they feel I will, I have a chance to play." Although playing time is important for him, academics are even more important. "It (Virginia) is a real, real strong academic school which really impressed me because I come from an academic family."

Although Aboushi has yet to visit Rutgers officially, he has been to the campus on a number of occasions. The campus is only 30 minutes away from his house in Staten Island. His official visit is scheduled for January 23rd. Since he would like to make a decision soon, he would like to move the visit up. But Aboushi would like to experience the campus life and the Rutgers students will not return to campus until the weekend of the 23rd. "I have been to Rutgers a number of times but I wanted a chance to see the college atmosphere." Therefore, he will likely not change the date of the visit.

There is a different situation for playing time at Rutgers compared to Virginia. "At Rutgers, there are a few players ahead of me. But Coach Flood says if I come in, work hard and get into a rhythm, I will definitely have an opportunity to play."

Aboushi has been talking to Rutgers redshirt freshman Scott Vallone about the Scarlet Knight program. The two played against each other in Aboushi's junior year. So the two have developed some familiarity. So much so that Aboushi feels that Vallone will likely host him on his official visit.

With Aboushi wanting to make a decision sooner rather than later, he stated that he will likely make a decision within days of completing his visit to Rutgers. StateOfRutgers.com will be there to report his decision. Stay tuned.


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