OSU football recruiting: Josh Mabin stuck with the school that stuck with him

BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2014

Josh Mabin committed to Oklahoma State because they stuck with him.

After being the first school to offer Mabin a scholarship, Cowboys defensive coordinator Glen Spencer continued to recruit Mabin despite a knee injury.

“A few years ago I had just finished half a season after a knee injury and he stuck with me,” Mabin said. “He didn't give up on me, he kept in touch with me for three years. I felt like Oklahoma State was the best fit for me academically and for football.”

Overall, Mabin got 12 offers from Division I schools, but he told them once he committed to Oklahoma State that his decision was made.

“It's a great program,” Mabin said. “That's a big reputation to uphold. I think I can contribute. I feel like I fit the scheme of Spencer's defense.

“He made it clear that everybody is going to have their chance. Whoever shows up ready, mentally and physically is going to play.”

Mabin is eager to come in right away and play. Despite only playing in eight games his senior season because of injury, the 6-foot-2 linebacker is optimistic about his chances. He said he is working out six days a week in preparation for the move to Stillwater this summer.

Mabin said he knows redshirting is a possibility and will embrace it as a learning opportunity, but he said playing immediately is the goal.

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