Monday, April 1, 2013
Juco lineman lines up several big visits
By Jared Shanker
A series of visits are coming for one of the best junior college offensive linemen in the country, and he could start naming favorites shortly thereafter.
Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College) visited Rutgers this past weekend and in the coming weeks will head to Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech for unofficial visits before checking out the two-time reigning national champion's spring game.
Alabama recently offered Mavety, and the 6-foot-6, 320-pound tackle from New Jersey likes Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban's history of developing junior college players.
"I like the fact that Coach Saban, when he recruits a juco it's because he needs them and wants them to play right away," Mavety said. "I have a good relationship with him, talk to him every week. Coach [Mario] Cristobal, he's cool and knows a lot and he's put a lot in the league. I can certainly trust him."
The first April visit for the juco standout will come this weekend, when he travels to Columbus to visit Ohio State.
"I like the fact they have seniors on the offensive line. It gives me an opportunity to come step up right away," Mavety said. "I have a good relationship with Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner, talk to them every three or four days."
Oklahoma is also making a run at the New Jersey native, as the Sooners will host him next weekend.
O-line coach Bill Bedenbaugh joined the Sooners' staff in February, but he was recruiting Mavety while he was still at West Virginia. There was no drop-off in communication when Bedenbaugh left for Oklahoma.
In fact, Bedenbaugh is one of the few coaches who has talked with Mavety dating to high school, when Mavety was hardly talking to any college coaches.
"He wanted me in high school, probably was the biggest coach I had," Mavety said. "That was huge for him, going to Oklahoma. He got to OU and as soon as he got there he told me the situation."
While there is no date set, Florida State will land a visit from Mavety at some point. The Seminoles are sending out offers all over the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic in this recruiting cycle, and Mavety is one of the prospects Noles line coach Rick Trickett is targeting.
"He is one of the best O-line coaches in college football, has a lot of first-round picks," Mavety said. "He knows a lot about the game and I like the way he is on the practice field. I like being pushed."