Fitch’s Mahone picks up Boston College and Michigan state offers

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Penn State, Syracuse and West Virginia are a few other programs showing strong interest in Mahone.

It’s been an exciting week for Austintown Fitch junior
running back William Mahone. On Tuesday, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Mahone picked up an offer from
Boston College, and on Wednesday, Michigan State came a calling. See who else has dailed him up…


It’s been an exciting week for Austintown Fitch junior
running back William Mahone.

On Tuesday, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Mahone picked up an offer from Boston College, and on Wednesday, Michigan State came a calling. The Eagles and Spartans join Cincinnati and Bowling Green in extending a full-ride. Penn State, Syracuse and West Virginia are a few other programs showing strong interest, and Mahone certainly has many good days like these ahead.

“I was excited,” Mahone said regarding his MSU offer. “First Big Ten offer from the best Big Ten team this past year. It feels real great.”

Mahone jumped on the recruiting radar as a sophomore, rushing for over 500 yards on roughly 60 carries while also starting on defense. Cincinnati offered that 10th grade year.

“I’ve been up there three or four times, and they’ve been down to see me the most out of anybody,” Mahone said. “They’re probably my favorite school right now because they’re showing the most interest.

“I love the coaching staff there,” Mahone continued. “I’m pretty close with them, their offensive coordinator (Mike Bajakian), my recruiting coordinator (Don Mahoney), and I’ve gotten a chance to talk to Butch Jones three or four times already on visits for the spring game and for camp. Everything from Cincinnati is positive right now and we’ll see what happens.”

Boston College had been flooding Mahone’s mailbox, so he wasn’t surprised when the verbal offer came in on Tuesday.

“They’ve probably been sending me the most mail I’ve gotten,” Mahone said. “I’m guessing over 100 letters.

“Coach (Ben) Sirmans the running backs coach came down once and he called the other day and said he wanted to offer me and get me out there to see the campus. It’s another good academic school and that appeals to my Mom real good, so I guess they got that advantage.”

Mahone visited Michigan State during the summer and has kept in touch with assistant Pat Narduzzi.

“I talked with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and the running backs coach (Brad Salem) and Coach Narduzzi, and they said they wanted to extend me an offer and they hope they see me again soon in the spring or summer.

“I’m very interested in them. I like that they run the ball a lot. They’re probably a top-tier school on my list with Cincinnati and Boston College. When I went there this summer, the facilities were great, nice players’ lounge. I felt like Coach Salem was a really good coach. Hard-nosed, didn’t want any slackers. I liked everything up there and it’s real appealing to me.”

Mahone says he’d like to take his official visits beginning next fall before making a college decision, however if a school proves to be perfect before then, he’ll pull the trigger.

“I’m looking for playing time as a freshman,” Mahone began. “I can’t see myself not playing, not getting any sort of playing time. That’s a big factor in my decision. Academics, education, football isn’t going to last forever. A family-type school, how the players are treated. How close everyone is. How the coaches treat the players. The campus, how nice it is and if I can live there and see myself there for four years. And winning of course.”

As a junior, Mahone helped his team do a lot of winning, finishing the year 10-2. He carried 81 times for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added two touchdowns receiving, two scores on kick returns, and on defense, racked up 30 tackles, two forced fumbles and five interceptions with two being returned to pay dirt.

Mahone doesn’t have any future visits scheduled, but says he “definitely” wants to try and get back to Cincinnati and Michigan State in the near future.

“They are a great program and a winning program,” Mahone said of MSU. “I liked it a lot when I came up there this last summer.”

Wisconsin could also be in the mix for a trip.

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