Former Seminole Abbott Battling Back

When he accepted an offer from Florida State to play football, current East Mississippi OT Courtney Abbott (6-9, 330) thought he was at a place that would help prepare him for the NFL, but things didn't work out that way. He's on a different path now.

Abbott, who is currently 19, prepped at Westlake High School in Atlanta and graduated in 2004 at the age of 16 where he consistently dominated the players lined up across from him.

"I loved hitting guys and getting pancakes," Abbott said with a laugh.  "It is a really good feeling to dominate guys and put them on their back. 

After his senior season he had his choice of places to go, but his mom was the deciding factor.

"I had offers from pretty much everyone in the country," Abbott said.  "It basically was down to five schools though.  Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky and Virginia were who I was trying to decide between and I was really torn.  One would sound good one day and another one would sound good the next day.

"My mom really is what finally got me to go to Florida State.   She broke it down for me and cleared my mind.  Besides, it's Florida State.  I mean, who wouldn't want to go play there."

"I got diagnosed with diabetes pretty soon after I got to there.  I was there for a year and a half and then I had to leave for academic reasons."

But it wasn't because he wasn't trying to do well.

"I was really sick from the diabetes and I had to go to the doctor a lot and I missed a lot of classes," Abbott said.  "I was depressed because I didn't feel well and I was away from my family and my grandma and my mom and that was just a really bad time.  So I left and then I came to East Mississippi in January."

Now that he's got his diet and disease under control and his grades are where they need to be, he's focusing on recruiting yet again.

"Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Iowa State have sent me a lot of letters and stuff," Abbott said.  "No one has offered yet, but I'm not too worried about it.  I've been through it before and I'm sure they are going to be cautious since I had some troubles before."

Abbott will graduate in December and will have two to play two at the next level and he knows what he'll be looking for before he commits to the next four-year school he goes to.

"Automatically a lot of it is going to come down to playing time," Abbott said matter-of-factly.  "Since I won't have a lot of time, I need to go to a place that I can get on the field pretty early.

"Next it's just about finding a place I feel comfortable with and a coaching staff I feel I can learn from the most.  I'll go play anywhere that gives me a chance, but I would prefer to stay in the south if I have the chance."

Keep an eye on this huge prospect from the south.


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