BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio prep standout Jordan Mabin turned plenty of heads recently with his performances at a couple of national high school combines. Now, it's the Indiana program that caught Mabin's attention.
The 6-0, 177-pound running back/cornerback from Macedonia, Ohio's Nordonia H.S., was in Bloomington last weekend with his family for an unofficial visit and came away impressed.
"I got to meet Coach Hep and Coach (Bobby) Johnson and they definitely made me feel welcome when I was down there," Mabin said. "They said they'd love having me. It felt like I was part of them – they are nice people, and it was a really good time."
Indiana is certainly hoping Mabin winds up opting to be "one of them." In fact, IU has already extended a scholarship offer, which was one of the primary reasons Mabin and his family wanted to make the trip to Bloomington to get an up-close look at the program.
Mabin turned plenty of heads earlier this spring with his efforts at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio and the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh he ran back-to-back sub 4.5 40s - 4.44 and a 4.47 – to rank among in the top five of the 200 participants. He also ran a 4.16 in the pro shuttle, which also ranked in the top five at the event.
Of course, college coaches have been equally impressed with Mabin's play on the field. As a junior he rushed for 1,495 yards and 22 touchdowns on 220 carries, and as a sophomore he piled up 1,775 yards and 25 touchdowns. A starter at cornerback as a freshman, Mabin has also bee a contributor at free safety the last two seasons on the defensive side of the ball.
"Indiana says they really like my athleticism," Mabin said. "They said I could come down there and play cornerback or running back, whichever I prefer. That's a big plus, because a lot of schools are saying one or the other and they're saying I can pick."
Indiana and Pitt have been the first two schools to offer, although plenty of other prominent programs such as Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame have been showing interest as well. Mabin said he expects to go to Pittsburgh this weekend to watch a spring practice, a school that also features his cousin, Dorin Dickerson, on its 2006 roster.
While Mabin likely won't be making any college decisions before making some more visits, he doesn't want to let the process drag out too long.
"Hopefully I'll make my decision before football season starts," Mabin said.
Indiana appears to be a program Mabin is going to give very serious consideration. During his trip to Bloomington he watched the Hoosiers' scrimmage from the sidelines, took a tour of campus with Johnson, and spent some one-on-one time with Hoeppner, Johnson and members of the IU coaching staff.
"The coaching staff jumped out to me," Mabin said. "They definitely made an impact on me."
The coaching staff, in turn, impressed upon Mabin that he'd have a chance to make an impact on the Hoosiers' football fortunes. With so much of an emphasis placed on the offensive line during IU's 2006 recruiting efforts, upgrading the skill positions will be a focus in 2007, and Mabin fits the mold for what IU is looking for.
"They said I could come in and probably make an impact," Mabin said. "I know they are a new staff and they are headed in the right direction. I know they will because they have a good history."
Mabin Impressed With IU Unofficial Visit
Peegs.com Top Stories
Inside the Locker Room: Latest on IU searchA hot rumor on Xavier's Chris Mack is just one of the IU coaching search tidbits we'll run down along with our usual recruiting news in another jam-packed Inside the Locker Room…
Video: Spring Practice No. 6 highlightsPeegs.com video of the Indiana football team in action from yesterday's spring practice.
Hoosier Newsstand, Mar. 24Get the latest articles on Indiana basketball, football and other sports in today's edition of the Hoosier Newsstand.
Coaching Candidate Profile: Bryce DrewVanderbilt thought enough of Indiana native Bryce Drew to snag him from his alma mater last year. Drew rewarded the move with an NCAA tournament bid.
Peegs.comYesterday at 6:28 PM