Ellicot City (Md.) Mt. Hebron defensive end Aaron Maybin took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley last weekend and witnessed Penn State's impressive victory over Ohio State in front of a packed house. Rumor has swirled across the internet that the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder with 4.64-second speed may have committed to the Nittany Lions after the game. We talked to Mt. Hebron's coach Larry Luthe to find out.
"I know he went up to Penn State this weekend and had a really good time, but as far as I know he did not give a verbal commitment to them," Luthe said. "This was his second or third time being up there and he was really excited when he came back. We didn't get a whole lot of time to talk today, but I think he's still looking and keeping his options open. He thought the game and atmosphere were awesome. It was his first time seeing a game with 120,000 fans.
"After the game he talked to Larry Johnson and Joe Paterno, but he's playing everything pretty close to the vest."
The three-star prospect still has official visits scheduled with Virginia Tech on November 4th and Florida on November 25th. Has Maybin scheduled any others?
"I thought he was looking at planning one to Virginia and perhaps North Carolina," he said. "I know Virginia is very interested and coach Poindexter has been in touch with him on a regular basis. Beyond those schools, he's still considering Maryland and of course Penn State, although I don't think he'll take an official to Maryland since they are so close."
Early in the season the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the country suffered a sprained MCL and has just now been getting back into the groove of things.
"He played well last week and I think he'll rise to the challenge when we play Friday," he said. "He was a little dinged up early in the season, but I think he's just about back as he played well the last couple games. People continue to avoid him by running away and he still makes the tackle on the backside.