Ellicot City (Md.) Mt. Hebron linebacker Aaron Maybin took a trip to Penn State with his friend Antonio Logan-El this weekend. What did the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder think of the visit to State College?
"I loved it, I have great chemistry with Penn State and it's always good to go back and spend time with the coaching staff and the football family," he said. "What stood out about the trip was the fact that I got a chance to talk to the Dean of the Department of Communications and his associates. That's what I'll be majoring in (Radio/Television Broadcasting) and they do a lot of things geared towards people working to get a degree.
"The academic support staff isn't there just for the football team, but they really care about all the students. They do their best to get everyone a degree or two degrees and graduate them early in three and a half years."
As for the football team, Maybin was impressed with that too.
"It's great, I really think and truly believe that Penn State is coming back to be the football powerhouse they used to be," he said. "They're in position and have brought in a lot of speed. I'm sure they'll play a lot better than people have seen in the past."
The No. 11 prospect in Maryland made the trip with top offensive tackle Logan-El.
"Antonio is a great guy and he's always talking about things," he said. "It was good to have him there because it's nice to get another perspective out of a guy from our area. I respect his opinion and we were able to just compare points."
Next up for Maybin is a trip to the state of Florida for eight days starting next week to visit Florida, Florida State and Miami.
"I'm really hoping to get a good feel for each of the schools," he said. "It's a different style of play down there in the south. They play with a lot of speed and a different swagger and I want to learn more about their style of play, academic support, social support and how the players train. I'm just looking to take in all the information I can on each of the schools."
Once he gets back from his trip to Florida, Maybin will start to schedule his official visits.
"We're going to take an official to Penn State and then there are 10 other schools I'm considering but not sure about," he said. "Three schools I'm about 90% sure I'll take official visits to, but I don't want to let those names out yet until I can keep my word and assure them I'll visit."
Maybin plans to make a decision during the season if possible.
Practice starts for the prospect on August 15th.
"The goal this year is that the team comes first and I want us to go as far as we can. I want to win a state championship, break a few records and do all in my power to help the team," he said. "This year I really want to work on finishing every play. Last year we were 8-2 and undefeated in the eighth game and then we lost the last few games by five points. We dropped those games because we didn't finish, so that's my goal this year to continue until the play stops and play with a passion."
Maybin was named all-county and all-metro after accounting for 80 tackles and 10 sacks.