Maryland Star Tours the State of Florida

When you start talking about well spoken recruits around the country this year, one name that should immediately come to mind is Aaron Maybin out of Elliott City, Maryland. The 6'3 220lber has a clear understanding of just what he wants out of life and how to go about reaching those goals. He sat down with on Monday night to update us on the latest developments in his recruitment.

"I narrowed it down to 15 schools a few weeks back and I'm trying to get it down to 5 by the beginning of the season. Schools like Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia, Auburn and LSU are the ones I'm looking at for my official visits," Aaron Maybin said.

One Big 10 school will definitely get a visit.

"Penn State is definitely going to get an official. I know a few more that will likely get visits as well but I'm going to hold off on announcing that just yet. I want to be completely sure before I say anything because I'm a man of my word."

Aaron took the Florida tour last week as he crisscrossed the Sunshine State from Tallahassee down to Coral Gables. What did he think of the Noles, Gators and Hurricanes?

Florida State: "They had a great campus. A lot of things made it unique. They had a really good atmosphere and the coaches were laid back more than most but the players were still motivated and guys were playing really hard. You could tell just how ready these guys were for the season. I really got a chance to see what they're all about and one of things that impressed me the most was just the overall prestige. All the championships and players they've put on the next level."

Florida: "Florida was a great trip, it really was. I got to hang around for 2 days and watch practice and see the facilities. I got to meet with the Dean of the Communications department and he gave me some insight on my major and how competitive it was. He told me what they could do for me and what I could expect. It was also great being around their staff. Meyer was one of the more personable head coaches I've met through this whole process. Those players down there don't have to be asked twice to do anything. They do everything the first time and you can just tell they're doing big things at Florida. It was a different atmosphere down there than most of the schools I've seen."

Miami: "I got to see everything, but the practice I watched down there was cut short by a thunderstorm. I could tell guys were flying around and making plays and it was evident the swagger they carry around. They've been one of the top programs in the country."

What factors will Maybin base his decision on?

"I want a great academic environment that I can thrive in. Football is not always going to be there and even if you get to the NFL, the careers don't last that long. I'm not going to a school that is just going to pass me through my classes. I want to be a true student athlete. Of course I'd also be lying if I said I didn't want a team with a chance to win a national championship. I think that's every player's goal. Playing time isn't that important but that's an added bonus as well."

After graduation, Aaron's parents will be moving down the Atlantic Coast to the Palmetto State.

"My father is taking over a church in South Carolina and we'll be moving down there after I graduate."

Will Aaron follow his parents down south to play in Florida, or will he stay a bit closer to his current Maryland home? Stay tuned to to find out.

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