Mabon Visting Hawkeyes

Class of 2012 Athlete KeVonn Mabon is watching as his recruitment picks up. The St. Louis product will be camping in Iowa City this weekend in hopes of landing a Hawkeye offer.

The question is not whether or not Kevonn Mabon can play college football. It's a matter of where to play him.

"I get a lot of different feedback," the Class of 2012 Athlete from St. Louis said. "Some say they always like the way I fly around to the ball on defense. Others like the way I make plays on offense."

The De Smet Jesuit High product holds offers from Ball State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. He's hearing consistently from Iowa, Michigan State, Kansas State and Minnesota.

"I think Minnesota and Iowa are close to offering," Mabon said.

The 6-foot-1 1/2, 205-pound wide receiver/outside linebacker hopes to further his chances of receiving a Hawkeye offer by camping at the school on Saturday.

"Iowa says that they like the way that I fly to the football on defense," Mabon said. "I think they see me as a outside linebacker or a strong safety. I think it would depend on need and what they see from me when I get there."

Minnesota is recruiting Mabon as a receiver and a return man. He reports a best time of 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"I prefer offense to defense, but it seems apparent that more and more coaches see me playing D in college," Mabon said. "I guess what the coaches think is most important. And I'm OK with that."

Mabon plays receiver, outside linebacker and returns kicks and punts for De Smet Jesuit.

Mabon has yet to schedule more visits or camps beyond the Iowa trip. He's very intrigued by the Hawkeyes.

"Iowa has a great tradition in the Big Ten," he said. "They win a lot and play in a lot of good bowls. They also put a lot of good players into the league and a lot of kids from Missouri go there and have a good experience."

Mabon wants to give the recruiting process more time before naming a school.

"I'm not really sure at this point when I'll make a decision," he said. "I'm going to wait it out the rest of the summer and probably make a decision during my football season or shortly after it."

Mabon is high school teammates with Durron Neal,'s No. 6-ranked receiver nationally. Neal is an Oklahoma verbal but built a good relationship with the Hawkeyes during the process.

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