One of the more underrated players in the West this fall has been Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Andrew Abbott (5-10, 170).
Despite a strong spring and summer, Abbott went through much of it without getting a whole lot of attention from college recruiters. But a strong start to his senior year has opened some eyes, and the fast-rising Abbott holds two offers and more schools keeping tabs on his season.
“A lot of schools have said they’re watching me this season, so I’m just going out and playing like I can,” said Abbott. “Boise State offered me as a cornerback and Fresno State offered me as a receiver.”
Aside from the two perennially strong WAC programs are a slew of Pac-10 schools who’ve been watching Abbott closely.
“Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State and Arizona have all been talking with me,” said Abbott. “I’d say that Washington is looking real good as a possible offer. I want to take some trips, but we’ve been busy with my football schedule. Honestly, my focus has been on being the best team and I didn’t want to let recruiting interrupt our season.”
Abbott first made a name for himself at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine, where he was named to the all-combine team after a stellar showing against a group of excellent receivers, drawing rave reviews from combine secondary coach Don Cox, who said that Abbott was the best cornerback there.
From there, Abbott was invited to the Scout.com Southeast Elite Combine in Atlanta, where he more than held his own.
“I was invited down to the Scout National Camp at Georgia Tech, and that was a great experience for me. I was playing with kids from Atlanta, all over the South, guys that you don’t hear a lot about in California, but these guys were really good. I felt like I did very well there. They had some of the best athletes I’ve ever seen. The Scout Combine in L.A. gave me a lot of confidence for that one,” said Abbott.
So far this year, Abbott has done a lot for the Monarchs at receiver, cornerback and kick returner. But because of several blowouts, he’s only played in the first half of some games.
“Centennial was our first test but it was an opportunity to play against someone really good. I really feel we matched up well with their receivers. The intensity was crazy, but we were really excited. We worked that much harder and were ready,” said Abbott.
Abbott finished the game with 11 tackles and an interception and pair of receptions.
Abbott's Highlights from the game:
On the season, Abbott has 15 catches for 265 yards and four touchdown receptions (including a five catch, 130-yard, two touchdown performance against Long Beach Cabrillo) as well as 17 tackles. In the opener against West Covina, he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score.
Academically, Abbott has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT this past Saturday. He’s planning to take the ACT later this month.