Arkansas 'Close' to Offering Mahone

Bentonville (Ark.) High cornerback Tyrone Mahone is hoping to win a third straight state championship with the Tigers, as well as pick up a few offers this year.

Tyrone Mahone doesn’t have any offers yet, but a few seem to be just around the corner.

The Bentonville (Ark.) High cornerback said he has been in touch with Arkansas State and Memphis. However, there’s a bigger school just south on Interstate 49 that has also expressed interest.

“I think Arkansas is pretty close (to offering),” Mahone said. “We’ll see probably during the summer.”

He has talked to Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and defensive backs coach Clay Jennings and has a good relationship with both.

Lunney has told Mahone that he should come to Arkansas’ junior days camp in March.

“That means a lot,” Mahone said. “I’m really looking forward to it and seeing what it’s all about.”

This summer, he said he hopes to visit or attend camps at Navy, Missouri and Nebraska, as well as Arkansas.

While those trips are important, Mahone said his main goal is winning a third straight Class 7A state championship with Bentonville.

If the Tigers accomplish the three-peat, they’ll do so without legendary head coach Barry Lunney Sr., the father of the Razorbacks’ tight ends coach, because he recently retired.

“It’ll be quite different because when he was there, he brought so much with him,” Mahone said. “I feel like it’ll be a different atmosphere without him.”

During Bentonville’s run to the state title, Mahone was able to travel 30 minutes south to Reynolds Razorback Stadium and watch the Razorbacks fall to Alabama 14-13.

“It was crazy,” Mahone said. “It was the best game I’ve ever been to live, with how crazy it was and how close of a game it was. The defenses were playing great.”



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