Mabin Catching On

If better late than never saying applies, Greg Mabin might be about to take off on the recruiting trail. The South Florida receiver has a couple of offers and will officially visit Iowa next weekend.

Greg Mabin feels like he's being overlooked. The 2012 wide receiver said that he produces statistically and offers size and speed. He's a bit beside himself.

"Everybody has been telling me that as long as I'm patient, the (scholarship) offers will come, but I see people that I play against that I feel I'm better than getting offers from big time schools like FSU and UF and Georgia and schools like that," the 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. said. "That's tough to watch sometimes. But I'm just waiting to see what God has in store for me."

Things could be changing on the recruiting trail for Mabin. He's taking Iowa up on an official visit opportunity for the weekend of Oct. 14.

"The coach (Hawkeye Assistant Eric Johnson) said they were going to offer me once I get up there," Mabin said. "But, I mean, you know how recruiting goes. That could change."

Tulane and Jacksonville State have offered Mabin a scholarship. In addition to Iowa, he reported being in consistent contact with Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt. The Hawkeyes just jumped into the mix.

"They just contacted me (for the first time) this week," Mabin said. "The thing (Johnson) said to me is that they like my tape and that they would love to get me out there as soon as possible and hopefully offer me while I'm up there."

In addition to Johnson, Mabin has spoken to Iowa Assistant Rich Kaczenski, who recruits South Florida. The receiver has started researching Iowa to get to know the school and program.

"I didn't know anything about them," Mabin said. "I just know that they used to be real good at football a couple of years ago. I remember seeing them competing for championships.

"I know that they have a good team this year. I also know that it's in the middle of nowhere. But football is king over there, so you know they have a good fan base."

Mabin said that Iowa does offer his preferred major - Exercise Science.

Despite playing in a football crazy state, Mabin has flown under the radar in recruiting. Scout.com has yet to write an article on him and he has no ranking.

His Calvary Christian team has jetted out to a 4-0 start with him catching approximately 20 passes for around 600 yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 59 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Mabin said he received strong feedback from coaches at camps this summer. He attended events at Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida and Pittsburgh.

"At the Pitt and Georgia camps, the receiver coach said I was the best receiver there," Mabin said. "I haven't heard from them. People say I'm from a small school and I must not be that good. I don't go up against good competition.

"That's not true in the state of Florida. South Florida has been known to be the high school football hub of the nation. There are going to be good teams out there no matter what classification you're in."

Hamstring issues have hampered Mabin's last few track seasons. He reported running a 11.1-second, 100-meter dash as a sophomore. He said he also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 that year.

"I think my best asset is my speed," Mabin said. "We throw a lot of fade passes to me and goes. Once we make the defense respect that, the comebacks open up.

"I love contact. I'm not afraid to go up and hit somebody square in the mouth. That part of the game is fun to me. I play with a lot of passion that I don't see everyone else playing with."

Despite the recent interest from Iowa and others, Mabin said he's not in a rush to end his recruitment. He doesn't expect to commit if the Hawkeyes offer him a scholarship on his visit.

"I've thought about that a lot," Mabin said. "I'm still going to wait until after the season to make my decision. I've talked with my parents and my coaches. They feel like there are a lot more opportunities for me out there.

"That's not to say I'm not going to go to Iowa. I just want to play the field and see if any other doors open up."


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