Oday Aboushi, the 6-foot-6, 305-pound three-star offensive/defensive tackle from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., still has only three scholarship offers thus far, but he's confident he'll have more.
Aboushi, Scout.com's No. 65 offensive tackle, has offers from Rutgers, Iowa and Maryland. He now favors Michigan slightly over Rutgers, Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Notre Dame.
"If Michigan offered me, I'd go there," Aboushi said. "I grew up following Michigan. I love their tradition and I was raised on them. My mom's side of the family is all from Michigan."
His love for the Wolverines notwithstanding, Michigan hasn't been recruiting Aboushi very hard yet. "I've only gotten a few things from them, but I plan on going to their camp this summer and hopefully will do well."
Aboushi says he's very interested to see how the new-look Wolverines will do under coach Rich Rodriguez. "I can't wait to see them play," he said. "Coach Rod did great at West Virginia and I'm sure he'll do great at Michigan."
He has already attended a camp at Rutgers on June 14 and Virginia on June 21 and will be at Boston College from June 24-27.
"Rutgers offered me right after the camp," Aboushi said. "I got along great with all the coaches there and felt like I really learned a lot in just the one day at camp. I was surprised by how much I learned. The coaches are real smart at Rutgers."
He said the Virginia camp went well too, even though the Cavaliers haven't offered yet. "I did really well and they told me there's a good chance they will offer," he said. "It's a good place and I liked how the coaches seemed like hard asses, but were good teachers."
The first school to offer Aboushi was Iowa. "They offered in April," he said. "I'm still learning about them. I was really surprised they offered me because they weren't recruiting me much before then.
"They have real good football tradition at Iowa and I've heard it's a great environment for football," Aboushi said. "It's supposed to be a nice college town."
Besides the camps he's already attended, Aboushi also took an unofficial visit to Maryland. "I really liked the campus there," he said. "They seem to be pretty good every year and have great coaches."
The school that he's most eager about visiting is Boston College, where he's going to camp on June 24. "I like them a lot," he said. "They are definitely one of my top choices.
"Academically they are great and athletically they've been really good the past few years too. They just had a couple big draft picks and I love the town support there."
Aboushi is also hoping to visit Notre Dame, although he doubts he'll get to this summer. "If I can take an official visit there, I will," he said. "The coaches contacted my coaches, but I've only gotten a few things from them."
Aboushi says he'd like to commit before his season starts. "If the right school comes along, I'll commit."
He says he's being recruited for both offense and defense, but says he prefers defense. "I like defensive tackle more," he said. "Defensive tackle is more about chasing and about combat and that's what I like. I love hitting and there's nothing better than getting a sack."
The only school recruiting Aboushi solely for defense is Maryland. He says that Rutgers and Iowa are recruiting him for offensive tackle, while the others haven't specified a position yet.
"I'm really flexible and have great footwork," he said. "I have good hands and technique too. I'm a tough and nasty player on the field, but off it I’m probably one of the nicest guys you'll meet."
Aboushi says he wants to improve his overall speed and strength. He benches 300-pounds, squats 450 and has a 27-inch vertical jump.
He finished his junior season with 81 tackles, seven sacks, three fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered.
Aboushi plans to major in business management and reports a 3.4 core GPA and took the SAT on June 14.