DL Hoping For Miami Offer

The standout defensive lineman began his football career as a high school freshman. He now has close to 30 written scholarship offers. He talks about the Hurricanes and a possible visit to Coral Gables.

At 6-foot-4 1/2 and 270 pounds, Ohio's Brandon Maupin is one of the state's top overall prospects and he has the offer to prove it.

"I was always pretty big," Maupin said. "I was just about 6-4 my freshman year. I was only about 230 though."

Maupin doubles in basketball and wrestling. "I wrestle to help with foot work and agility," he said.

Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.0 core GPA and an 800 SAT score.

Maupin attended summer camps at Ohio State, Tennessee, and Notre Dame this year. "They all went OK for me," he said. "I got a chance to check out the coaches and the facilities and all that." Maupin said he was timed between 5.1 and 5.2 at all three camps.

The talented defensive lineman now has close to 30 written scholarship offers.

"I've gotten about 30 [offers]," he said. "Most of them are through the mail but a couple of them were over the phone. My top five right now would be Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. They have all offered me except for Notre Dame and they're talking about it. Miami's also up there but they haven't offered yet either. All of those are pretty much even."

Maupin talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I like Miami but they haven't offered or anything yet," he said. "I talked to Coach Chudzinski in the spring and he asked me if I was interested in Miami. I was like, 'of course, who wouldn't be?' Miami's a great program and they always seem to have good defensive linemen coming out of there. If they offer me, I'll probably use one of my visits to see them."

The standout defensive lineman was asked about the chances of leaving the state of Ohio.

"I mean, Ohio State's a good choice and everything but they're just one," he said. "I'm still looking at several schools and they're the only one in Ohio so there's a real good chance I'm going to leave. Staying close to home is somewhat important but I gotta pick the best place no matter where it's at."

After talking recruiting, Maupin talked about his goals for this season.

"I want to do as much as I can to help our team," he said. "Personally, I want to score a touchdown on defense. But the most important thing is the team's goal of winning a state championship."

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