Mabin contemplating visits

Dylan Mabin headed a formidable secondary at Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia with Denzel Ward. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete has been offered by a number of FCS programs including Yale and Columbia, but most recently received his first two FBS offers from Navy and Air Force.

He spoke to GoMids.com on what the new offers mean to him.

"Both (Navy and Air Force) were nice to get," Mabin said. "Before the season, they said they'd be keeping an eye on me to see how this year went for me. Later in the season, they offered. It just reaffirmed to me that I had a good year and showed the coaches what they were looking for enough that they were ready to pull the trigger.

"Both schools like me on defensive and said a lot of the same things basically like I'm physical player who they can put at either safety or corner, that I'm not scared to come up and make a big hit, and they like my ball skills.

"It's an honor to have the offers. I'm going to be talking with Mike Judge (of Navy) after break about a visit. The Army-Navy game was fun to watch, but I really enjoyed watching Air Force in their bowl game as well. I'm trying to see each place. I'd like to take at least four official visits before I make my decision."

Mabin has a couple of good recruiting guides. His older brother Jordan, who is currently in the Atlanta Falcons organization, played at Northwestern, and his father Howard, played at Louisville.

"I'm listening to their input on everything," Mabin said with a chuckle. "The main thing we talk about is comfort level. It's where I'll be living for the next four years, so I want to actually see and experience all of these places to get a feel for the facilities, where I'll be practicing, what environment I'll be going into, those types of things. The number one thing for me is finding a campus that fits me. As far as offense or defense, I think I'm equally good on both ends.

"I've been to Yale. I liked it a lot and felt the team comradery. My next official visit that's been set up is to Columbia on January 10th. I'm looking at talking a few other visits possibly to Indiana State, Fordham, Air Force, Navy. I have eight or nine offers right now and trying to sort things out for January."

Nordonia fell to LaSalle of Cincinnati in the Ohio Division II state championship final played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on December 5th. During the course of 15 games, Mabin made more than 50 tackles and 20 pass breakups on defense, 250 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on offense, and took a kick return back for a touchdown on special teams. He was named first team All-Conference at wide receiver. Also a track star at Nordonia, his best 40 yard dash time is a 4.43.

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