Wednesday, March 20, 2013
No days off for Watch List LB Josh Mabin
By Sam Khan Jr.
Spring break for ESPN Watch List linebacker Josh Mabin wasn't too much of a break.
While he took a brief period for rest, he mostly continued working out, trying to get stronger and better every day in anticipation of spring football, which is roughly a month away at Klein Oak in Spring, Texas.
"I worked out," Mabin said. "I got a little rest, but I'm not taking no breaks."
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Mabin said he's expecting to be a captain this fall for Klein Oak. So that means the 2014 inside linebacker must set an example.
"I'm trying to build everybody up," Mabin said. "We're only as good as our worst player, so I want to help the younger kids get into the loop of things and get them ready for spring ball. Coaches are getting us ready and we're just fired up about getting going."
Currently, Mabin holds offers from Baylor, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Washington State and is also getting plenty of interest from LSU and Texas A&M. He attended junior days at both campuses, with the trip to Aggieland being the most recent on March 2.
He said the trip was a pleasant one.
"It was a really exciting junior day," Mabin said. "They treated us all well and it seemed like the place to be."
One notable part of the trip for Mabin was to see a former Klein Oak teammate while he was there: Texas A&M linebacker A.J. Hilliard, who transferred from TCU in January.
"They looked good," Mabin said. "A.J. Hilliard, who transferred from TCU, I played next to him when I was a sophomore, so that was really cool to see him active again. Watching [linebackers] Coach [Mark] Hagen work with those guys, it got me ready for my own spring ball."
Mabin said seeing the Aggies' practice was the highlight of that trip.
"Definitely watching them practice and the pace that Coach [Kevin] Sumlin has not only the offense but the whole team going," Mabin said. "It was real good. Coach Hagen and Coach Sumlin, everybody was just saying how built I was and that I looked like I could suit up right now. Coach Hagen said, 'You looked like you were ready to hop in my drills.' I told him, 'Put me in coach! Where the pads at?' "
The Aggies have not extended an offer to Mabin yet, but Hagen and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks, Mabin's area recruiter, will be out at Klein Oak's spring practice to see him, Mabin said. Many schools want to be absolutely sure he's 100 percent healthy after suffering a torn ACL in his sophomore season.
"They told me that they're hoping that I don't really commit anywhere and that they're interested," Mabin said. "They're just like any other school, waiting to see how my knee is doing. But I can vouch for it and say that it's perfect."