Abdallah (6-5, 300) is expected to announce publicly today during a 4 pm EST ESPN.com chat that he has selected the Buckeyes over Tennessee. He had also visited and received scholarship offers from Florida State, Colorado and Michigan State. Several other schools extended offers as well.
Abdallah is rated as one of the top 20 players in Louisiana by SuperPrep and the #43 DT in America by theInsiders.com, but his stock rose considerably throughout the year. He had 76 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior despite missing three games due to injury and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
After his visit to Ohio State in early January, Abdallah said "I really liked the people (at OSU). Everybody was very cordial. They did a good job of making all of us feel wanted. Plus, I saw they have a great business school.
"You can really feel the tradition there. We got to see the stadium and it is real nice. Overall, it's just a great place."
Abdallah took his visits to Tennessee and Florida State after his OSU visit.
When asked about his feelings about OSU last night, Abdallah told Bucknuts.com staff reporter Dave Biddle, "They'll be competing for the national championship every year. They're the No. 1 public university in my eyes and they have a lot of great things to offer."
Abdallah would be the first Louisiana player to sign with Ohio State since Jonathan Wells in 1998.