Greg Mabin traveled to football events around the country this summer hoping to draw interest from colleges. While at the Pittsburgh and Georgia camps, he reported that the receiver coaches at those schools said he stood out above the crowd at his position.
"Yet, I haven't heard from them since," the 2012 Florida wide receiver said. "I've been overlooked during this whole recruiting process, I think. Everyone that I talk to tells me I should have way more offers than I do right now.
"I feel like I have a lot to prove. I feel like a lot of people are doubting me."
Mabin will attempt to show other schools that they underestimated him when he arrives at Iowa next summer. He is believed to be the Hawkeyes' 11th verbal commitment with his Tuesday decision to accept their scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout from Fort Lauderdale's Calvary Christian Academy told me Sunday that he would wait until after this weekend's season finale to make his decision. Then, that contest was canceled.
"After that, I just asked myself, "What am I waiting for? Why wait longer to commit when I can just do it right now?"" Mabin said.
Mabin called Iowa assistants Rick Kaczenski and Erik Campbell around noon on Tuesday to give them the news.
"They were really happy," Mabin said. "Both of them said how they think I'm a good player and that I will play a big role in their offense for years to come. They said they can't wait to get me up there to start getting to work.
"Coach Campbell said I have a chance to play right away. There's a need at receiver with Marvin (McNutt) leaving and they're going to have a couple of others graduating soon."
Calvary Christian plays in the smallest high school division of Florida football. Mabin believes some scouts questioned the level of competition against whom he played.
Mabin finished up his last season with about 850 yards and 13 touchdowns. He performed well enough to catch the eye of the Hawkeye coaches, who offered him a scholarship during the season. He officially visited Iowa City for the Northwestern game on Oct. 15.
Mabin, who also had an offer from Middle Tennessee State, said his decision was based on his good feeling for the Hawkeye coaches and the atmosphere he witnessed on his official visit.
"I just love the coaching staff," Mabin said. "I think Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is a phenomenal guy. I feel like Coach Campbell can definitely take my game to the next level.
"The coaching staff just seems so genuine. They were treating me like I was family while I was up there on my visit and I hadn't even committed yet. That played a big part in it."