Cabinda ran for 1427 yards on 212 carries (6.73 avg.), averaging 158.6 yards/game and posting 22 touchdowns. He describes himself as a downhill runner with good vision and lateral movement that can set up his blocks really well. The junior also played on the other side of the ball as a stand-up defensive end/linebacker.
With the numbers the running back was able to put up, it's no surprise he's received letters from schools across the country. So far, Cabinda has made official visits to Penn State, Rutgers, and Maryland. He traveled to College Park a few weeks ago to attend the Terrapins last home game of the season against Florida State. Despite the Terps losing effort, his visit went well.
“It was a great atmosphere, I absolutely loved it there,” said the junior. “The campus was really great-looking, the coaches were really nice. It was just really nice all around.”
Besides his interest for the atmosphere and coaches, Cabinda was also pleased with more minor details like the pyrotechnics during the team's introduction, the campus dining hall, the unique uniforms, and even the placement of Byrd Stadium.
“I liked the fact that the stadium was right in the middle of the campus,” he said. “It kind of shows that football is the foundation of the university.”
Cabinda says contact with the Terps staff started at the end of the summer when he spoke with Assistant Coach Keith Dudzinski. After meeting some of the other coaches during his visit, Cabinda was happy with how “genuine” they were.
Another perk that sparked the running back's interest in Maryland was the distance from home, which he says is definitely a factor when it comes to choosing a school.
“It's doable when it comes to driving but it's not too close to home,” Cabinda said.
Currently, Cabinda's top five schools include Maryland, NC State, Rutgers, Penn State, and Vanderbilt. The class of 2014 star has many factors to weigh in on but one of the biggest will be based on the coaches' mindset.
“I'm looking for a program that takes players with character over skill,” said Cabinda. “I want a place where the coaches really want character in the players; I think its players with character that win games.”