The Bentonville (Ark.) High cornerback broke his ankle during the Tigers’ win over North Little Rock in the semifinals last season, limiting his ability to work out.
While he is starting to run again, Mahone will not participate in Bentonville’s spring practices, which began Monday.
“It’s hard because I want to be out there, but I realize it’s not worth the risk,” Mahone said.
Once he is fully recovered, Mahone said he hopes to impress more schools and expand his offer list, which currently sits at one: Eastern Illinois.
As a lifelong Arkansas fan, an offer from the Razorbacks would mean a lot to him.
“I think Arkansas is pretty close (to offering),” Mahone said. “I think they’re waiting to see what I do this summer with my ankle.”
He said that Arkansas State and Missouri State are close to offering, as well.
Having an offer from Eastern Illinois is a “burden lifted off (Mahone’s) shoulders,” but he is thankful to be getting close to being completely healthy.
Mahone had to watch from the sidelines as Bentonville beat Fayetteville 24-21 to win the Arkansas Class 7A state championship.
“That was probably the toughest game for me,” Mahone said. “I was just trying to cheer on my teammates.”
Despite the injury, Mahone was an All-State selection, finishing the year with 22 unassisted tackles, 19 assisted tackles and one interception.