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2007 '07 OH CB/RB Jordan Mabin (Northwestern signee)

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by Buckskin86, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. Thanks Wad, I am just not wanting to jump on the hype of the ohio rb just yet without seeing some video, b/c last year everyone said this year was going to be the year of the qb and we never even offered one.

    As for Mabin I hope he has a successful year and becomes a buckeye and doesnt follow his cousin to pitt.
  2. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I think that's a smart attitude to take. Mabin may be the best of the bunch, but there is also going to be some serious OOS talent that we will be in on (Noel Devine, Bradley Stephens, etc.).
  3. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I know this is the Mabin thread but is Devin even interested in us? Also I think we will be pretty tough in state with our RB's. Torrence is tough but we could use him at DB(his frame looks more like a DB anyways), Mabin looks like he could be tough, and Dan Herron could be something special too. Also we have a decent shot with Stephens.
  4. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Obviously Devine will be extremely tough to get out of Florida. I imagine we will turn our interest to the backs in-state as well as Stephens, who could end up as a real special talent. Torrence is as much of an OSU lock as there ever was.
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Akron Beacon Journal



    After surviving bad accident, he puts game in perspective

    By Tom Gaffney
    Beacon Journal sports writer

    Nordonia tailback Jordan Mabin has a healthy perspective on every one of his rushing attempts, even those in which he is hammered and loses five yards.

    That appreciation comes from accepting the good and the bad in a life that almost ended prematurely.

    On June 21, 2004, Mabin and a teammate were riding in an automobile driven by another teammate near the school. The car left the road and traveled airborne into an adjacent wooded area. Only through miraculous circumstances, no one was killed.

    ``When you look at pictures of the car, you think that someone would have died,'' said Howard Mabin, who is Jordan's father. ``God basically placed the car there.''

    The ``there'' reference means that the car glanced off several large trees, not hitting any head-on. Instead, it came to rest in some bushes and against a tree trunk.

    The emotional trauma was worse than the physical damage for the three players, leaving Jordan Mabin with a heartfelt understanding of life's priorities.

    ``It was real scary. My life flashed before my eyes,'' said Mabin, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound junior, who suffered only minor injuries. ``I didn't know if we were going to make it. I feel fortunate to be here.

    ``I try to live life to the fullest. I try not to get down about little things.''

    In this case, the little things might include getting hammered and losing five yards. Of course, those circumstances are also easier to take, because he might follow that up with a 15-yard gain.

    There have been plenty of those since he moved into the regular rotation as a freshman in 2003. As the Knights' second option to senior Tom Stockle that season, he still managed to rush for 1,067 yards and score 14 touchdowns.

    Much more of the same came as a sophomore in 2004, when he rushed for 1,775 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named first-team all-district and honorable-mention all-state in Division II.

    Nordonia coach Keith Boedicker is glad that Mabin is alive and well for all the right reasons, the least of which is his ability to advance the football in appreciable chunks.

    ``What happened to him put life in perspective. Our whole team learned that life is fragile,'' said Boedicker, who has led the Knights to the state playoffs in three consecutive years. ``He is such a great kid, so team-oriented. His parents are such great people, very grounded. We are just so thankful that he was all right.''

    Opponents feel the same way, although they would believe it acceptable if he overslept or missed the team bus for their game.

    ``He is a very good athlete. He has strength, power and speed,'' Twinsburg coach Al Hodakievic said. ``Anytime he touches the ball, he is a threat to go all the way.''

    Jim McQuaide is in his third season as coach at Solon. In each of his first two years, Mabin scored on a long kickoff return against his team.

    ``We just have not been able to stop him,'' McQuaide said. ``He is a tremendous all-around player. And he is tough. Against us, I am not sure if he ever left the field.''

    That's because in addition to his work at tailback and kick returner, Mabin also is a starting cornerback on the Knights' defense.

    It's all part of helping his team win and not worrying about the accolades.

    ``I have one goal this season, plain and simple. It's to win a state championship. That's why I am out there,'' he said. ``I don't think about stats or anything like that. If stats come, they come. The thing I want most is to win.''

    Part of that determination to win comes from the company he keeps. His father was a star at Louisville, where he became friends with Frank Minnifield, who would later be a star cornerback for the Browns. Minnifield, in fact, is Jordan Mabin's godfather.

    Another part of that determination comes from seeing the Nordonia tradition up close. As a eighth-grader in 2002, he was often on the sidelines to cheer for a Knights team that reached the Division II state final before losing. Nine month later, as a freshman, he was playing on the varsity alongside many of the returnees from that team.

    ``That first year was a good test. I was a young guy and I saw how the older guys set the bar so high,'' Mabin said. ``I have tried to follow their example. I try to do the right thing in every workout, in every practice.''

    And, for another reason, to do the right thing even while being hammered and losing five yards.
  6. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Plain Dealer


    When worlds collide

    Rivals Nordonia, Solon tune up for a contest that will pit two of the area's top running backs

    Thursday, August 25, 2005 Tim Rogers

    Plain Dealer Reporter
    When talking football in the Western Reserve Conference - past or present - talk centers on Nordonia vs. Solon.

    Consequently, when talking Nordonia vs. Solon - especially in 2005 - focus is on Jordan Mabin vs. Brandon Shimits, two of the best running backs in the area.

    The Nordonia-Solon game has been one of the area's marquee matchups over the last five years and while both players deny it, the Mabin-Shimits matchup will be the game within the game during the fourth week of 2005.

    <script src="" language="JavaScript1.1"></script> <script language="JavaScript"> <!-- if (parseFloat(navigator.appVersion) == 0) { document.write('<IFRAME WIDTH=468 HEIGHT=60 MARGINWIDTH=0 MARGINHEIGHT=0 HSPACE=0 VSPACE=0 FRAMEBORDER=0 SCROLLING=no BORDERCOLOR=\"#000000\" SRC="{$category_letter}/{$category_whole}/@StoryAd"></IFRAME>'); } --></script> <noscript> [img][/img] </noscript> The players agree they are disappointed the game, normally played in Week 9 or 10, has been inexplicably moved to Week 4.

    "The Solon game is one of the best weeks of the year," Mabin said. "Usually the game has played a big role in who wins the championship. I don't know why it was moved."

    Shimits, who last year set single-season rushing records of 2,512 yards and 34 touchdowns, agreed.

    "The Nordonia game has always been played toward the end of the season and we'd prefer it that way," said the 5-8, 168-pound senior. "I don't like it, but you gotta do what you gotta do. The game still figures to be big and we'll anticipate it just as much."

    Solon has never lost to Nordonia, winning eight consecutive games.

    Mabin, a junior, has grown nearly 2 inches and has added 12 pounds since rushing for 1,787 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns last year. He came to camp at 5-10½ and 182 pounds. The added size did not hamper his speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, the second-fastest time at the Ohio State camp this summer.

    "I was pretty happy with that," said Mabin, who said he is drawing interest from many Big Ten schools. "It's way too early for me to be talking about college. I still have two years to go."

    When asked about his anticipated showdown with Shimits, Mabin said: "The game is bigger than any personal rivalry. It is more important for me to talk about our team winning."

    Shimits, who said he is optimistic about possible scholarship offers, echoed his counterpart's words.

    "Football is a team game, not a one-on-one battle," he said. "And, with our schedule, I can't afford to be thinking about that. It's the good teams that remain focused."
  7. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0






    Last edited: Aug 26, 2005
  8. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Here is a pic of Mabin in action from last week...

  9. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



  11. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    agreed. devine wont give osu anything more than a passing look imo. stephens is possibly the top rb target for next year. i will assume that osu wants 2 rb's next year. stephens gets one offer and one of mabin/herron possibly gets the other. if one falls through, then the other is offered.
  12. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    agreed...Stephens will most likely be a prime target, despite the fact that the staff loves going after the in-state talent first. I think Torrence probably ends up at WR, and if the staff can't get another RB in this class, then 2 is probably a must next year. Mabin and Herron should get serious looks from OSU.

    In my perfect world, Chris Rainey gives OSU a serious look next year...
  13. OSUBucks22

    OSUBucks22 No touching! Staff Member

    many say that Rainey is better than Devine. that would be nice, but unlikely unfortunately.
    as far as Stephens, i definitely see him as the top recruit at RB, and i think Mabin is second.
    i think i see Torrence as a DB, but i could definitely see him as a WR as well.
  14. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    tought loss for Nordonia...

  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$

    9/17/05 has some video of Mabin in action from his sophmore year.

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