February 15, 2011

Spartans at top of list for Ohio RB

Running back is a high-priority position for Michigan State when it comes to recruiting for the class of 2012. One of the top players on the Spartan board is William Mahone of Austintown Fitch High School. SpartanMag.com has the latest on this blue-chip prospect.

Running back is a high-priority position for Michigan State when it comes to recruiting for the class of 2012. One of the top players on the Spartan board is William Mahone of Austintown Fitch High School. SpartanMag.com has the latest on this 5-foot-11, 205-pound blue-chip prospect.

Mahone is considered one of the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2012 and his early offer list is indicative of a player who will be one of the top recruits at his position in the nation. As a junior he showed his versatility by scoring touchdowns by rushing, receiving, returning kicks and returning an interception. We asked Mahone about the schools that have offered at this point.

"I have scholarship offers from Michigan State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio. Indiana just offered me today as well."

With half a dozen offers in February of his junior year, Mahone is excited about the opportunities he has and is looking forward to learning more about all of the schools he is hearing from. Mahone informed us that he will be at Michigan State's Junior Day on February 27th.

Mahone is already pretty familiar with the Michigan State University, but is looking forward to building more rapport with the coaches when he is on campus next weekend. He talked about his thoughts about the Spartan program.

I like it at Michigan State," Mahone said. "I have talked with Coach Dantonio, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Salem. I camped there last summer. They were the best team in the Big ten last year. They are a run first team. They are definitely at the top of my list with Boston College and Cincinnati."

Spartanmag.com asked Mahone what are some of the factors he is looking for in a school.

"Playing time is something I am going to look at. I want to make sure I can see myself there for 4-years. Coaching stability and having a winning program is important too."

Mahone has a busy spring planned. In addition to hitting junior days and checking out some spring games, he also plans on hitting a few of the regional camp and combines so he can improve his skills and showcase his ability. He talked about his strength as a player and his schedule.

"My strengths as a player are my vision and my patience, he stated. "I think I am going to go to the Ohio State NIKE Camp and the Nike Combine that will be in Pittsburgh on March 27th."

The Ohio State NIKE Camp is usually one of the top talent attracting camps in the Midwest. Spartanmag.com will be on hand at that event to scout Mahone as well as many of the other top Michigan State targets that will be in attendance. Last year, Michigan State commitments Connor Cook, Taiwan Jones and Ed Davis all performed well at that event.

SpartanMag.com's Take:
Michigan State did not sign a running back in the class of 2011. For that reason the position is a top priority for the class of 2011. The early offer to Mahone is an indication that he is a top priority recruit for Coach Dantonio and his staff.
With Coach Dantonio at the helm the winning program and stability aspect is something Mahone would not have to worry about. With Edwin baker and Larry Caper both heading into their junior years the opportunity is there for lots of future carries.
As with any prospect from Ohio, the Buckeyes can always be a factor. However, Coach Tressel has already gone out and taken commitments from two other running back prospects for the class of 2012. If the Buckeyes do get involved it will likely be to try and recruit Mahone as an athlete that could play defense as well. Mahone prefers to play running back at the next level.


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