|Abdallah Jaffal #5 brings the pressure in week 1 game vs. Dakota | Source: Ken Dettloff / The D Zone|
The expected came sooner than planned for Fordson's 2015 LB Abdallah Jaffal. The 6'2" and 200 lbs LB hailing from Dearborn Fordson High School, wasn't planning on visiting Western Michigan University this past weekend but things changed for the better. This weekend, with several top notch recruits on campus, Fordson's WR/DB Jamil Sabbagh was headed to Kalamazoo on Saturday and then Ball State the following day. Abdallah Jaffal who was offered by the Broncos on February 25th, had plans to return to the campus of the only school that was sold on his talent, but not until April 11th. Once Jaffal arrived on campus and met up up with other LB commit, Junior McMullen from Oak Park and sat in the office with WMU's Head Football Coach, P.J. Fleck - the rest you could say was history!
Fordson 2015 LB Abdallah Jaffal was just offered by Western Michigan University. #TheDZone
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Fordson 2015 LB/S Abdallah Jaffal has just committed to Western Michigan University. #TheDZone
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The weight of the recruiting process can weigh heavily on prospects, with 10 months until signing day - it's a big relief for Jaffal, "committing was one of the best feelings I've experienced, its really similar to the feeling I had receiving my first offer."
Although the visit was bumped up 2 weeks earlier than planned, the thought of committing to Western Michigan still weighed on Jaffal's mind, "yes I was definitely considering committing there! They are the only school who noticed my God given talents, and gave me the opportunity to play at the next level so I'm very thankful for that." added Jaffal.
Western Michigan University went 1-11 in P.J. Fleck' first year as the Coach of WMU but it didn't stop the recruits from the Class of 2014 from keeping their pledge to WMU. The class caught the eyes of Jaffal, as he mentioned what stood out about the Broncos, "what Coach Fleck is doing with this program and the direction they're heading in. They had the number 1 recruiting class in MAC history, they are top 6 out of Big Ten schools." As for what Jaffal likes about campus, he responded, "I really enjoyed their facilities and the renovations they've done since Coach Fleck took over, they're really becoming an elite program."
Abdallah Jaffal was a workhorse LB for the Tractors last season, as Fordson had a solid defense and will definitely have a, if not better defense this upcoming season. Jaffal described what the Western coaches like about the way he plays, "They love my athleticism, my ability to make plays, come up and make someone feel the pain. They like the fact that I have a high motor and am all over the field making plays at all different positions. Also my ability to take in information quickly and remember it." As for the meeting, Jaffal had when he made his decision known to the coaches that he wanted to commit to them, Jaffal opened up on the moment he let the coaches know of his commitment, "They were very excited, and told me multiple times how happy they were that I joined the boat and that they needed a player like me in this program."
Now that Abdallah Jaffal has committed, becoming the 2nd commit in the Class behind Oak Park's Junior McMullen, the two will have an instrumental role as the class grows. Jaffal discussed his relationship with McMullen, "I mean we've played 7on7 vs. each other so we sorta got a feel for each other. I think we clicked considering we are from the same area, have the same feelings about Western and are thankful for the opportunity they have given us."
Jaffal closed with his offseason plans now that he has committed to Western Michigan, "I just plan on approaching every single day and every single rep as if its my last because it could be. I wanna take advantage of all my opportunities still attend some combines, camps, and training sessions. There is always room for improvement and in order to be great you have to do things different you can't be ordinary! So that's my plan."
Get a first hand look at Abdallah Jaffal and his teammates on the Fordson Tractors, when they open the season vs. Bedford High School at Wayne State University on Thursday, August 28th at 4 pm.