As for Ashaad, he liked what he saw too.
"It was great," said the 6-3, 286-pound very legit sized defensive tackle. "I love the town. The food was good and I can't wait to get back and eat that kind of food every day. I really got along and like the players and the commits and the coaches."
Mabry was actually shown around by one of his future classmates as newly enrolled recruit Travis Cross was Mabry's official player host. The two and their families had met last summer when the Cross family was on its way down to Padre Island for vacation and Mabry was down there with them. This is part of that aspect about this class where they have spent time jelling with each other well before finding their way to the Oklahoma State campus.
"I really hit it off with Ashaad last summer," said Cross early this fall when talking about the togetherness of the recruiting class and looking back on the summer when several of the Cowboy commitments got to know each other. "He is a great guy and fits in with myself, J.W., and all of the other guys so well."
Mabry, who had 54 tackles this season in helping MacArthur turn the program around, also ran into Cibolo Steele linebacker Ryan Simmons, who has now committed to OSU. It was Steele that MacArthur lost to in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Both Mabry and Simmons were honored recently in the All-Area High School section produced by the San Antonio Express-News.
Back to the visit, Mabry got to see the Business School where he plans to major in Business Management.
As for on the field, Mabry got a preview of that too when he attended one of the OSU practices in preparation for the Alamo Bowl.
"Yes sir, that was good because I got to see the D-line and the things they do, so maybe I can kind of get ahead a little," said Mabry.
The hope will be that he and all of the new defensive tackles can get ahead in a hurry.