Jordan Mabin (5-11, 190-pounds) has primarily been a running back at Nordonia so it is understandable that college coaches would like to see him workout at cornerback. He's been doing his part by competing in the combines, and the coaches are now doing their part.
"A lot of coaches have been coming in school. Things have been picking up since the [Columbus] Nike combine, so things are doing pretty good," replied Mabin when asked about his recruitment. "A lot of coaches have been contacting me, so things have been going real good actually. A lot of those schools had contacted me before the combine and just picked up more after the combine. A couple new schools have come though also.
"Notre Dame talked to me early and then kind of stopped talking to me for a little bit, but within the last week or two I talked to coach Ianello. He pretty much told me where I stand in Notre Dame's eyes. They're going to be offering more people and that's where I'm at. I think I have a great shot at getting a scholarship."
"I definitely got a good feeling when I talked to coach Ianello," Mabin continued. "He told me the truth. He told me where I stood. It's great when a coach can be honest with you and tell you where you stand and that means a lot.
"It means that I need to work a little bit harder and prove to them that I deserve a scholarship and I'll definitely do that. I think I'll go up to their one-day camp in the summer. I'm not sure of all the details yet, I know coach Ianello mentioned it to me and he told me to look into it."
Mabin would be excited to receive an offer from the Irish, but even if the Irish do offer, the Pitt Panthers already have made a strong impression on Jordan.
"I've definitely been in real close contact with Pitt," explained Mabin. "Actually today coach Wannstedt and coach Rhoades were at my school. I go up to Pitt a lot. I like to see Dorin [Dickerson] so I've been to Pitt a lot of times. I've been able to go around campus and meet the players so I have a good relationship with Pitt. I definitely like Pitt. They were my first offer and that definitely means something to me. I definitely like Pitt a lot."
Mabin holds offers from Marshall, Pitt, Indiana, Kent State and Akron. If schools are going to get involved, they better do it soon because Jordan would like to make a decision in a few months.
"I think I want to have my decision before my season starts," Mabin said of the timing of his decision. "I'll probably take some trips to other schools. I'm open now right now. I haven't narrowed anything down. I'm open to everybody."