"I've definitely been hearing from Michigan a lot lately," Mabin said. "I've been receiving a lot of letters…and then my coach has been in contact with their coaches a lot. They're saying they are very interested and they want me to come down for a spring practice. I called them probably about a week and a half ago. They said they have a couple of positions open and that they could see me playing DB. Coach Loeffler recruits my area, so I've talked to him a couple of times. I also talked to the DB coach one time and he's the one that said he would like to see me down at spring practice some time. He was telling me how a lot of the DB's get a chance to play punt return and kickoff return. I'm looking for any kind of impact at all."
Mabin, who made it up to Ann Arbor for two football games last fall, indicated that he plans to take the Wolverines up on their offer to come in for one of the spring sessions. He saw the Maize and Blue a great deal growing up and has long hoped that they'd be one of his college options. "Actually I used to live in Michigan," said Mabin. "I grew up in Michigan and my sister has always loved Michigan. Michigan has always been a part of our household. Then when we moved to Ohio, my sister still loved Michigan so she always wore that around the house. They are part of the Big Ten, so I've always liked Michigan. Being from Ohio you get a lot of grief for that, but I've always liked them. They've always been around."
Michigan's status as one of Mabin's boyhood favorites is certainly a feather in their recruiting cap, but they are by no means the only team with an "in." Pittsburgh landed his highly regarded cousin last season…5-star wide receiver (and former Michigan recruit), Dorin Dickerson. The familial presence on Dave Wannstedt's team has certainly moved the Panthers up a notch in Mabin's eyes.
"That definitely plays a big role," he said. "If I go there I'll be close to family, and that would definitely be a good thing. Me and Dorin…we've been close for a long time. He was actually just over this past weekend. That'd definitely play a role because it would be easier for me gel with the team because I'd be able to see him a lot."
At this point in time Mabin insists he has no leader and that he will use campus visits to distinguish the programs from one another. The school he ultimately picks will fit some very simple criteria. "I'll be looking for where I fit in," explained Mabin. "I definitely want to go on some official visits and just see how the football team is run and how the campus life is. Just see how I fit in each place and see which one fits me the best. I think I'm actually going to go down to Pitt next weekend to see one of their practices and then I'll try to stop by Indiana soon because they've offered, probably Michigan and Ohio State again."
With an early decision being a distinct possibility, the next few months may prove pivotal in Mabin's process. Should he make his choice during that time frame, three schools would likely have an edge in the race to land his services.
"I pretty much like all of the teams in the Big Ten along with Pitt and Notre Dame, but it's probably Michigan, Ohio State, and Pitt," Mabin said regarding the top teams on his list. "I thought about it and I think I'd like to make my decision before the season starts, but I definitely want to take my official visits so I don't know."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Mabin in the coming months.