March 9, 2011
Top Spartan RB prospect continues to add offers
One of the top players on the recruiting board for head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff is running back prospect William Mahone of Austintown Fitch High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 5-foot-11, 205-pound blue-chip recruit and got the latest on his recruitment.
Michigan State was one of the first schools to offer Mahone a full scholarship and since that time numerous other teams have thrown their hat into the ring. Spartanmag.com asked Mahone about the teams that have recently extended him a scholarship.
The most recent schools to offer me are Notre Dame, Northwestern and Pittsburgh just offered me today," Mahone stated. I hope to get up to visit Northwestern in late March or early April."
Mahone has already been to East Lansing this winter to check out Michigan State and primary recruiter Pat Narduzzi is staying in frequent contact with him. We asked Mahone about the teams that are standing out at this point and what he thinks about the Spartan program.
"Boston College, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Penn State, Illinois and Michigan State, all those schools are standing out," he said. "I really like Michigan State; they were the top team in the Big Ten. I am looking forward to going up there and getting on campus again."
Michigan State did not sign a running back prospect for the class of 2011. Because of that, addressing the position is vital for this year's class. The Spartans have been actively involved with Mahone since last summer when he camped at Michigan State and had a strong performance.
Mahone has a busy spring ahead of him. He plans on checking out several of the schools he is seriously considering and attending the NIKE Camp that will be held at Ohio State University. He is also running track for Austintown Fitch High School.
"I am going to be running the sprints and the relays," he stated. "I may also run some hurdles too. I want to continue to work on my speed."
Mahone's rivals.com profile lists him as running a 4.6 forty-yard dash. His combination of speed and power makes him a difficult player for opposing defense to tackle. The Spartans view him as a "power" back that can be an every-down player.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Mahone in the coming weeks. We will be covering both the Ohio State NIKE Camp and the Spartan 1-Day Elite Player Camp. We will be sure to update fans on Mahone's performance at those events.
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