Running back Jordan Mabin from Macedonia Nordonia attended Ohio State's senior advanced camp June 25.
Yes, Mabin is only entering his junior season, but as one of the top five underclassmen in the state, he is already a target of OSU's coaching staff.
We caught up with Howard Mabin, Jordan's father, for a quick update.
"The camp went real good," Howard said. "He chatted with (head coach Jim) Tressel and (offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim) Bollman."
Mabin ripped off the second-fastest 40 time at the senior advanced camp.
"He ran a 4.42," Howard said. "We were pretty impressed with that because he is coming back from a pulled hamstring during track season. But he's back 100 percent now."
As a sophomore in 2004, Mabin rushed for 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. Nordonia finished with a 10-2 record.
Mabin played at 5-9, 170 as a sophomore. But his father says he is now up to 5-11, 181.
"He's grown and gotten a lot bigger," Howard said. "And he's still growing. He's only 16."
Howard Mabin is not sure when his son will make a decision.
"First you have to get some offers," he said with a laugh. "It's just so early, it's tough to tell."
The elder Mabin says his son has three schools currently at the top of his list.
"Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Michigan," he said. "Really, anywhere in the Big Ten, but the Big East is starting to look good too."
Jordan Mabin's cousin, Dorin Dickerson, recently committed to Pitt. That could affect Mabin's decision because he and Dickerson are close.
"Possibly," Howard said.
Mabin has a goal of 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Nordonia – the alma mater of OSU offensive tackle Rob Sims – could be one of the state's best teams.
"We're hoping to have a really good team," Howard said. "We have a lot of players back. Last year, people didn't know what to expect. But this year, expectations are much higher."
Jordan Mabin has a GPA of 3.0 and has not taken a college entrance exam.