Chad Mavety is a bit ahead of the game. That goes for football and for the recruiting process. The 320-pound Nassau (N.Y.) Community College tackle already lists 21 scholarship offers and has completely submerged himself in the process of planning visits.
A four-star prospect, Mavety has already visited Ohio State and will return to the campus for an official visit on Nov. 22. He has set a visit to Florida State for July 19 and will hit Alabama on July 13. He also plans to check out Tennessee, Syracuse at and Rutgers but doesn't have set dates for those as of yet.
Some people mosey through the process at a comfortable pace. Others attack it as if it insulted they're mothers. Mavety, it seems, prefers the second approach.
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"The biggest thing for me is seeing exactly where I feel comfortable," he said. "I had a great time at Ohio State and loved there. But, you know, it was my first visit so I want to compare and see what I like the most. I need to see as many of the campuses as I can as soon as I can."
The feel of the campus is the most important thing to Mavety. That makes him a bit of a unique case. Most junior college players are concerned with depth charts and position battles. They want to make up for lost time by being promised a starting spot. Mavety, on the other hand …
"I know with my work ethic and my skill set right now that I can play anywhere in the country when I get there and learn things and get to work in practice," he said. "Of course coaches tell me how they see me or that they want me to start but I'm not worried about that at all."
As aggressive as Mavety has been in the process, he's yet to name any favorites. Each time he sets a deadline for doing so, he seems to miss it. Now he says that will happen sometime in the near future -- when he feels like he's seen enough of each program.
But while he says the schools recruiting him remain on level footing, he has placed a few restrictions on himself.
"I don't really want to go too far unless I really, really love some place," Mavety said. "Like, Washington and places like that … I mean, that's kind of far. I would have to really, really love it to go there. It's a long trip."