Victor Abiamiri is undoubtedly one of the top players in Maryland this year and some are hyping him as one of the nation's top defensive players. He's recently sat down and set up a couple of official visits, making two schools feel very fortunate.
"I just set up visits at Notre Dame and Miami," Abiamiri said. "I'll be at those schools on back-to-back weeks. Notre Dame is Dec. 6 and Miami will be Dec. 13. I can't wait for them, but for different reasons. Everyone talks about Miami being a great place to spend your college years so that's a good thing. They play incredible every week too. Notre Dame just has so much tradition. They have good fans and there's just something special about them when you watch them play. Academics is going to be major for me, and the schools I'm looking at are all strong universities."
Abiamiri is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound terror at defensive end and has a knack for disrupting offenses and turning games around. He runs the 40-yard dash in an astonishing 4.5 seconds, matching most backs and receivers. In eight games for Baltimore (Md.) Gilman, he has already recorded nine sacks while facing double teams throughout just about every game he's played in.
"I face a lot of double teams," Abiamiri laughed. "A lot of times I see a tackle and a tight end. It can get tough and it really wears you down by the end of the game. You just have to leave your motor running the whole game. The extra attention offenses pay to me helps the defense and I know it's making me a better player. Not too many people face constant double teams, so I look at it as a compliment."
So what other schools is Abiamiri interested in?
"I'm looking really hard at Notre Dame and Miami of course. I also really, really like Maryland, Michigan and UCLA. Like the first two, those three are really good academically as well. All of them except UCLA are known to have great defenses, and UCLA is playing tough ball this year. All of them have offered so my options are open."
Abiamiri said that he would take all his official visits after the season and then make his decision sometime before or around signing day. He wants to concentrate on his senior season right now.