Sources: Maybin picks Penn State

Lions apparently beat out Florida, Va. Tech


High Schools

October 14, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Mount Hebron's Aaron Maybin, among the nation's top defensive end-linebacker recruits, will hold a news conference at his school on Monday, when he is expected to announce his decision to attend Penn State on a full football scholarship, according to sources familiar with the player's decision.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, whose seven sacks in five games leads the Vikings, apparently had been leaning heavily toward accepting an offer from Florida, which is coached by the youngish Urban Meyer and which allows "more freedom to rush the passer" than Penn State, coached by aging Joe Paterno, traditionally does.

Maybin's decision to attend Penn State apparently ends a hotly contested recruiting battle that also had Virginia Tech in the running.

According to sources, Maybin apparently indicated to Paterno that he would accept the scholarship offer after a visit last Sunday to the State College, Pa., campus, the day after the Nittany Lions' 17-10 victory over Ohio State.

Maybin, whose father, Mike, attended Penn State, apparently was influenced by unbeaten Penn State's recent surge in the national rankings and Paterno's willingness to give freshmen a chance to prove themselves.

Maybin posted a camp-high 41-inch vertical leap at Maryland's combine last spring, along with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and a 310-pound bench press.

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