Mabin (5-11, 180, 4.43) attended the combine along with his cousin, West Allegheny, Pa., linebacker Dorin Dickerson. They are each considered among the top players in their respective states. In fact, Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long rates Mabin among the top five prospects in the state in the Class of 2007.
Mabin ran a 4.5-second 40-yard time at the Scout.com combine. He did that in spite of a lingering hamstring injury from his track season, when Mabin was clocked as fast as 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
"I'm kind of bummed about that," Mabin said. "Today, I got a 4.5 because my start was pretty bad. But, hey, I loved being here. It was an honor to come. They invited me so I thought it was an honor to be here. Being around these athletes just makes me want to get better. I know I've got a couple more years."
Mabin enjoyed getting to spend time with Dickerson, who has over 20 scholarship offers including one from Ohio State.
"He's always looking out for me and telling me how things are going with recruiting," Mabin said. "I look up to him a lot. He helps me get through all of this. We saw Akron and Pitt (unofficially) together."
As a sophomore, Mabin helped lead Nordonia to a 10-2 record with his second straight 1,000-yard season. He had 1,775 yards on 253 carries (7.0 average) and 25 touchdowns. He was hampered by an ankle injury in his team's season-ending 41-38, triple overtime loss to Copley in the second round of the Division II playoffs.
"It was a sad loss in triple overtime," said Mabin, who had 90 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in that final game.
When asked to describe his running style, Mabin said, "I would say I have good vision on the field. I can see the hole and I use good instincts. I have pretty good speed. If I had to match myself up with a pro athlete, I might say Barry Sanders."
Mabin said he has big plans for the season ahead.
"This season, my goal is to get over 2,000 yards," he said. "I want to see our team get to the state playoffs and win the championship. That's everyone's goal. I'd like to have 2,000 yards and score 30 touchdowns."
A number of college coaches stopped by Nordonia during the May evaluation period, Mabin said.
"Paul Rhodes from Pitt was in our school," he said. "A couple coaches from Ohio State, their offensive coordinator, (Jim) Bollman, he was in.
"I'm keeping all my options open, but I like Ohio State, Pitt and Michigan, definitely."
Mabin said he had a 3.5 GPA over his last semester as a sophomore.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- We will have a number of articles coming this week on the Scout.com combine, including a video interview with Dickerson. Stay tuned.