Few offensive linemen in the nation have an offer list equal to that of Courtney Abbott. Which direction is the massive lineman from the Peach state leaning?
"LSU and Georgia have been the top two for a little while now, and they're still on top," said Abbott. "They're both in the SEC and you play great teams in that league just about every week. It's big-time college football, and that's tough to pass up."
Both the Bulldogs and the Tigers have offered Abbott, and they aren't alone. Clemson, Michigan, Auburn, Virginia and several other prestigious programs have offered Abbott. The prospect of playing in the south, and specifically the SEC, is very appealing.
"I think most guys that grow up playing football in the south dream of playing in the SEC," said Abbott. "All the tradition, the talent, the fans and the emphasis on winning makes it probably the best conference in the country. I'd love to stay near home for college. LSU and Georgia would both give me the chance to do that."
At 6-foot-9 and 335 pounds, Abbott already has an NFL frame, and has the strength to match. He bench presses 400 pounds and squats around 600. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.3 seconds and said his quickness is improving every day. Is he close to a decision?
"No, don't expect me to make a decision for a while," he said. "I'll wait this thing out until Signing Day probably. I'm focusing on improving my game and my season. I'll see who has offered, take some visits, and I'll most likely decide in February."
The senior from Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake is one of the top players in Georgia, and one of the top linemen in the south.