Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia running back/defensive back Jordan Mabin has two tough decisions ahead of him. Not only does the 6-0, 180-pound two-way threat have to pick where he wants to spend his college football career, he also will have to decide which position he wants to play.
"A lot of schools have been telling me I could pick either defensive back or running back," said Mabin. "I like knowing I can have that choice. Still, there are schools that are recruiting me only at defensive back."
The choice of picking a position and a school will be Mabin's task this off season as he prepares to play both defensive back and running back his senior season of high school.
"This summer is going to be all about training and lifting weights," said Mabin. "I want to be in the best condition I possibly can because I want to be able to play both ways this season. It's going to be my senior year and I don't want to leave anything behind. I want to play every snap and be in the shape to give 100 percent for each of those snaps."
Mabin currently has offers from Pitt, Indiana, Kent State, Akron, Ohio, Marshall and Cincinnati, but is also getting attention from some of the nation's elite programs.
"I'm still hearing from Michigan and Notre Dame, too," said Mabin. "I've been in contact with coaches from those schools. I'm going to try to get to Michigan for camp or something up there and Notre Dame has kept in close contact.
"Michigan told me they would have to see me in camp first to see what I have to offer. Notre Dame has told me they've offered four defensive backs so far and haven't had any takers yet. So now they're looking at a new group and I'm part of that group."
With a long summer ahead of him, Mabin has yet to make a list of favorites or rank any schools. With camps and visits ahead of him, he is still listening to every program and looking for the right fit for himself.
"I'm definitely open to everything right now," said Mabin. "I'm just taking it all in. I'll probably make my decision at the end of the summer and pick out a college this summer. But right now I'm open to any conference. Growing up in Ohio of course you watch the Big Ten, but I definitely like other conferences and schools, too.
"I've made a bunch of unofficial visits. I went to a lot of junior days and saw a lot of scrimmages during the spring. I haven't planned anything yet for this summer, but I know I want to get into some camps and be able to visit some other schools to see their campuses and what they have to offer."
Mabin already made an unofficial visit to the Indiana Hoosier program and liked what he saw.
"(Offensive line coach and running game coordinator Bobby) Johnson called me last week so we talked for a little bit," said Mabin. "He was reminding me of Indiana and what they have. I went up there for their team scrimmage and got a chance to check out the campus. I liked it a lot. It's a great school, they have some talent and the coaches were definitely good coaches. It was a good time."
Indiana appears to be among the schools offering Mabin the chance to play on either side of the football, something that appears to keep Indiana in the running for Mabin.
"Helping them rebuild the defensive side of the ball really interests me, but Indiana has talked to me about playing either side of the ball," said Mabin. "I could play in the secondary or at running back. I'm not really sure which I would prefer yet, but I like having the option."
Mabin Still Mulling Offers From IU, Others
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