The state of Ohio seems to produce great cornerbacks every year. At the completion of the U.S. Army All-American junior combine the nation discovered Ohio has another good one, as Jordan Mabin was named to the prestigious all-combine team.
"I was real honored by that," Mabin said of being named to the all-combine team. "It was real nice to see my name in there. To be one of the best guys in the nation is just a great honor. I'm thankful and all the hard work pays off I guess.
Going to an event like the U.S. Army junior combine can be intimidating. For the vast majority of the participants, it is the first time they have competed against top Division I caliber talent. Mabin wasn't one to be intimidated.
"I don't think I was nervous," he said with confidence. "I think my competitive side came out. When I got down there, I didn't even want to test. I just wanted to get to the one-on-ones and the three-on-threes and compete. That was my main focus.
"My cousin told me to play physical and play fast, so that was my main goal the whole weekend – to play physical and play fast. It was good to measure myself against everyone else and compete with those guys because they're the best in the nation. It was just good to compete, so I wasn't nervous when I was down there.
"I see myself as a physical player," Mabin said when asked what made him a top prospect. "I have a lot of strength so I like to play physical. Plus I'm fast, so I can play physical and fast. I have good footwork so I can stay with the receiver. Cornerback fits me perfect. I love playing offense and I love playing defense. I'm versatile. My goal going down there was to show how versatile I was, and to show that I could play anywhere on the field."
Jordan's cousin, Dorin Dickerson was down in San Antonio playing in American game and will soon be heading to Pittsburgh to continue his football career. With Mabin growing up in the heart of Ohio State country, one would think that either the Panthers or the Buckeyes would be the prohibitive favorites to sign the talented cornerback.
"No, no, there's no guarantees right now," Mabin responded when asked if his recruitment would be a battle between Ohio State and Pitt. "I'm keeping all my options open. I'm going to see where I fit best. I'm going to take it slow and visit some colleges and see what I like the best."
"I'm hearing form Ohio State, Michigan, a lot of the Big Ten schools, Notre Dame and Pitt," Mabin said of the schools recruiting him. "Pitt was the first college that started talking to me, and the first that started sending me letters.
"Notre Dame definitely got on my list when I went down there for the Navy game," he continued. "I was blown away by the whole atmosphere of the whole place. That was when I really started liking Notre Dame. I don't know what it was. The atmosphere was crazy. Everyone was there for one reason, for the team. Everyone was cheering on the team. Everyone loved football. The fans loved it.
"I got a chance to hear Charlie Weis give his speech before the game," Mabin said of his introduction to the Irish head coach. "When I listened to Charlie Weis talk, he definitely knew what he was talking about. He seemed like a great coach. It was just a wonderful time down there.
"I only got a chance to speak with him once and only got to hear him speak once, but it was a good first impression because he was speaking about the game and life in general. It was real good. I know he has a great history with the Patriots, so he definitely knows what he's talking about and he can definitely get the best out of his players. He's a great coach. He was cracking some jokes and was a very personable guy – he was funny. I'd like to get to know him better and talk to him more. I'm actually going down to the junior day this weekend, so hopefully I'll get an opportunity to talk to him then."