With those two offers on the table, plus the coaching change at Notre Dame knocking the Fighting Irish off of his list, Abdallah has almost an entirely new top five. "Top five – I'd say it's Rutgers, Michigan State, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest."
To date, Abdallah has taken officials to both Rutgers and Michigan State, two schools that now stand on the same ground. "I just got back from Mighigan State this weekend," he said. "I really enjoyed myself. It's easily comparable to the Rutgers visit. They're right there together."
With two down, three visits remain. Those visits will start on January 7th when he takes a trip to Winston-Salem to visit Wake Forest. The following week, Abdallah will visit Miami. Abdallah will finish up his tour of visits with a trip to Blacksburg on the 21st of the month.
Miami, I was trying to change that to this weekend but not sure I'll be able to so probably the 14th of January. Wake Forest is the weekend of the 7th. Virginia Tech is the 21st.
While Wake Forest was one of the more recent offers, he has learned a lot about the Demon Deacons in a short amount of time. "Wake Forest, they were just at my school today, the head coach was," Abdallah said. "[Rutgers coach Greg] Schiano is coming in here in just a few minutes."
As for Wake Forest, the main plus for the Demon Deacons is the great academic programs offered in Winston-Salem. "Wake Forest is a great academic school," he said. "They have about 3,800 kids there so it's real small. They've got a low student to teacher rather and the 2nd highest graduation rate in the country right now at 94%. That's an excellent place to be and they're in the ACC, a great football conference with schools like Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, all those schools. It doesn't get any better than that right there."
While the Deacons will get the next visit, it could also be his last if he gets that feeling that Wake is the place for him. "I plan on taking all five [visits,] but if a place is just right for me and feels right, I might decide to go ahead commit."