Florida DB Maybin Talks Rutgers Offer

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons safety C.J. Maybin spoke with Scout.com to breakdown his Rutgers offer and discuss the latest in his recruitment. The 6-foot-4 safety holds four FBS offers coming out of the spring evaluation period.

Rutgers became the latest school in the race for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons safety C.J. Maybin, who added an offer over Memorial Day weekend.

Rutgers is the first Big Ten school to offer Maybin, and second BCS school behind Syracuse to get involved in his recruitment.

"I was surprised," Maybin said. "I wasn't expecting them to offer me. I just called [defensive coordinator Joe Rossi] thinking we were just going to have a talk. I've talked to them before after they came to my school but that was about it."

Maybin has been in touch with Rossi since a May evaluation visit to his school.

"He was a down-to-earth guy," Maybin said. "He seemed fun. He told me about how they're moving into the Big Ten this year, and they talked about the position they wanted me to play and how I could help them on defense. I remember that they've been to eight bowl games out of the last two years.

"I've read about them a little bit on my iPad and stuff, but I've been really busy this weekend so I haven't had time. I'm going to do research on them this week."

Maybin checks in at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, and expects to use his frame to battle for balls at the free safety position in college.

Rutgers, Syracuse, Western Michigan and FIU are all recruiting him as a free safety.

"They like me out in the back playing free safety," he said. "That's where I want to play because I play the ball. Whenever the ball comes in my area, it's mine."

Playing time and depth are at the top of Maybin's college interests.

"The main thing is how much of a chance I'll get at the position I want to play," he said. "Like, how many commits do they have? I don't want to go to a place where they have eight DBs committed. I want to get a fair chance on the depth chart."

Maybin has no leaders in his recruitment.

"I talk to the FIU and Western Michigan coaches almost every day, and then Syracuse and Rutgers every now and then," he said. "I like Syracuse because they were the first to offer me. Of course they're going to be toward the top. They're in their first year in the ACC and they accomplished so much their first year. They have the potential to be even better."

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