"Wake Forest came through with an offer this afternoon," said Abbate's father Steven Abbate. "Jon took it today. It's been one of his favorite schools from the very beginning, and he's really excited about the opportunity to play."
Abbate's stock has continued to soar as Harrison makes a run through the playoffs. Arguably the top defensive player on a team chock full of talent, Abbate was the last of the big 5 to get an offer. Teammates Paul Oliver, Scott Lenahan all made early commitments. Penn State, North Carolina are all schools that have requested film on Abbate in the past week.
The physical attributes that Abbate brings to the table are mind bogging. At 5-11 and 240 pounds, Abbate has clocked sub 4.55 at 2 separate camps this summer including Wake Forest's. He benches right in the neighborhood of 400 pounds, can run a 10.9 hundred meters on the track team, and can dunk a basketball. He is more than a physical phenom though, he is an instinctive middle linebacker that led county in tackles this year.
Wake Forest has quietly put together 3 winning seasons in the past 4 years in part because of their ability to recruit football players like Jon Abbate. Abbate has the physical attributes to add toughness and intensity to a college team very early in his career.