Jordan Mabin goes camping

University of Pittsburgh is in the process of augmenting its talent base. One of the top prospects in the Midwest happens to be Jordan Mabin (5-foot-10 inches, 185 pounds) from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, OH. He recently spoke to the about his summer plans and the Panthers.

"I just returned from camp at Notre Dame. I think it went well. They have a nice campus and facilities," stated standout athlete Jordan Mabin. "I'm heading down to camp at Cincinnati and Michigan this week. It looks like I'll head down to camp at Pittsburgh sometime after that." ranks Mabin a "four-star" prospect and the 16th best cornerback in the class of 2007. He established himself as an elite prospect at the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, TX. Jordan rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career. Despite his impressive numbers, most believe he will develop into a top flight cornerback prospect.

"I don't think I'm going to participate in Pitt's camp. I will probably stop by to say hello to the coaches and some of the players I know there. They have seen me work out and they have seen me on film. I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and they were the first school to offer me a scholarship."

Dorin Dickerson, the jewel of the Panthers' 2006 recruiting class, happens to be Mabin's first cousin. The two grew up together and often talked about playing together in college. Like Dickerson, the Panthers' coaching staff has avoided assigning Jordan a specific position. "I like the fact that Pitt's staff is so open with me. They like me as an athlete. They have told me I could play running back or tailback," said Mabin. "Dorin looks like he's going to play a number of positions for Pitt."

Jordan has received scholarship offers from Pitt, Indiana, Cincinnati, Akron and Kent State. He rushed for 1,495 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 2005. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,775 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He also topped the 1,000-yard plateau as a freshman in 2003. Jordan is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash.

"I want to make my final decision before the start of the season. It looks like I could have a decision by early August. I simply want to go to some camps and evaluate the scholarship offers that come to me."

How does Jordan feel about the Pitt Panthers? "Pitt was the first school to offer me a scholarship. That tells me everything I need to know. They have faith in me and they want me. You always want to go to program that wants you. They remain at the top of my list."

Mabin won't be alone when visiting the Panthers. He will be accompanied by his teammate Brandon Thomas (6-foot-5 inches, 275 pounds). Thomas, an athletic offensive tackle prospect, is known as "Big Diesel".

"I would like to stick close to home," stated Thomas. "Pitt, Ohio State, Akron, Toledo and Kent State are the schools I'm most interested in. West Virginia may go on my list as well."

Thomas is capable of bench pressing 315 pounds, squatting 410 pound and running the forty-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.

"I'm a solid pass blocker, I'm athletic and I have the frame to add a lot more weight. Hopefully I come back from Pitt camp with a scholarship offer."

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