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The 6-0, 177-pound Mabin was one of the top performers of the combine. He was clocked at 4.44 and 4.47 seconds in his two 40-yard dash attempts. He was also timed at 4.16 seconds in the pro shuttle. Those times were among the top five out of 200 participants in each event.
“It was definitely a good time,” Mabin said of the combine. “I think some of my marks were pretty good. I was hoping for a faster time in the 40, but (4.44) should be one of the faster ones. I’m just trying to compete and do my best.”
Mabin also attended the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio in January.
“These events are definitely about competing and showing yourself and showing yoy have the ability to go out there and perform,” Mabin said. “That’s what I’m trying to do here. I want to perform for the scouts and the colleges.”
Of course, Mabin’s play for Nordonia has said quite a bit. As a junior, Mabin carried the ball 220 times for 1,495 yards (6.8 average) and 22 touchdowns as Nordonia posted a 6-4 record. That followed a sophomore year where Mabin rushed for 1,775 yards and scored 25 touchdowns.
In terms of colleges, Pittsburgh and Indiana have stepped forward to offer the versatile Mabin.
“Pitt was my first offer,” said Mabin, whose cousin Dorin Dickerson will enroll at Pitt in the fall. “I went down to Pitt’s junior day last month and that’s when they gave me the letter. I got to talk with (Pitt coach) Dave Wannstedt. He is a great guy and it was a fun time.”
Regarding Indiana, Mabin said, “I was in contact with their coaches. They sent me some letters. My coach called me down to his office and said, ‘Indiana wants to offer you.’ I was really excited about that. I got the letter in the mail the next day. That was great.”
“Ohio State has been talking to me a lot,” Mabin said. “Notre Dame is another school I like and also Michigan. I’m hearing from a lot of Big Ten schools.
“I was at Ohio State last month for its junior day. It was real nice and I got to talk to all of the coaches there. I got to check out the facilities. Ohio State wants me as a DB. I’m trying to be a versatile athlete who can play offense or defense – really, whatever gets me on the field the quickest.
“Coach Wannstedt said I could play either running back or defensive back. It’s up to me to make the decision. We’ll just have to see which one I have a better chance of playing the fastest. I love offense and defense. I love to run the ball, but on defense I also love hitting.”
Mabin said he hopes to decide by the fall.
“I want to make my decision before the season starts,” he said. “But I think I also want to go on my official visits.”
He said he is looking forward to his senior year.
“Our team looks good this year,” he said. “We have a lot of guys coming back. Our offensive line is bigger and stronger than ever. We have a lot of play makers on the outside. Our offense should be pretty explosive.”
Mabin scored a 20 on the ACT and had a 3.4 GPA in the last grading period.
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