Louisiana DT Will Leave State

One of the top players in the state of Louisiana is defensive line prospect <b>Nader Abdallah</b>. Abdallah said he almost certainly won't go the conventional route -- and go to LSU -- and has a list of favorites all outside Louisiana...

Usually any top recruit in the state of Louisiana has a pretty good chance of going to LSU.

But there is one this year that could very likely ditch the Tigers for somewhere outside of the Bayou: Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel defensive tackle Nader Abdallah, (6-4, 240).

"I'm planning to go to school outside of Louisiana," Abdallah said. " I have a lot of schools that I am interested in. LSU is recruiting me, but I am looking for something outside of Louisiana," said Abdallah.

Abdallah is a teammate of fellow highly-sought recruit, Craig Steltz, and the two have unofficially visited LSU on multiple occasions. They've even talked abouting taking some official trips together. But while Steltz has a family tie to LSU, Abdallah doesn't and is looking at a broader scope. "Right now, my top seven, in no particular order are Florida State, Nebraska, UCLA, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Michigan State. All of them have offered," said Abdallah.

He already has three visits set up, to Florida State, Nebraska and Tennessee, and would like to visit UCLA, possibly with Steltz. "Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is recruiting me at UCLA. He is a real good guy. He calls me once a week, and has a real interest in me. I definitely want to see UCLA."

With 35 offers, Abdallah, who hasn't kept track of his stats, but is "pleased" with his play during his senior season, plans to take all of his five official visits. He has already visited Florida State on an unofficial trip, for the Seminoles game against Colorado. He's reserving his official visits for after his season. "I am going to take my trips in December and January. I figure I'll wait another week until signing day to announce when I am sure about my decision."

Abdallah is fully qualified academically.


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