Maybin makes choice official: Penn State


From his position on stage in Mount Hebron's half-filled auditorium yesterday, Aaron Maybin saw faces that made him recall a difficult childhood past, marvel at his journey toward overcoming it and ponder a bright future.

Just a few moments earlier, the crowd had watched the deep-voiced, 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end-linebacker prospect announce his intentions to accept a full athletic scholarship to Penn State, ending a hotly contested battle for the Baltimore area's No. 1 football recruit that included Florida, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Maryland.

There were Maybin's paternal grandfather, James Maybin, 79; maternal grandmother, Vandelia Parker, 83; his father, Mike; and his stepmother, Violette, who taught Mabyin how to read at the age of 6, just months after his mother, Connie, died during the birth of his sister.

Maybin was influenced by the Nittany Lions' recent surge in the national rankings and Eleanor Roosevelt's Derrick Williams, a freshman starter until suffering a season-ending injury last weekend.

"Penn State is graduating all but one of the seniors at my position," Maybin said, sitting next to coach Larry Luthe. "They convinced me they're a program on the rise, and with them playing freshmen a little bit more, it's a bonus. But there were other factors that were more important to me than playing time."

A B-plus-average student whose major will be geared toward communications or broadcasting, Maybin also cited Penn State's 88 percent minority graduation rate and coach Joe Paterno's penchant for honoring scholarships of injured athletes even if they're hurt before they arrive on campus.

Mount Hebron's first Division I prospect since Steve Dalton attended Maryland in 1972, 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. He has 27 career sacks and eight sacks this season for the 3-3 Vikings.

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