In a matter of a couple of weeks the two parties went from no contact to a scholarship offer and heavy mutual interest.
"I hadn't been talking to Boise State very long before they offered," Mahone said. "They came to practice a couple of weeks ago and talked to me. They messaged me after practice (Wednesday) and offered. I'm excited about it."
Mahone says he has admired the Boise State football program and the players it produces long before he became one of the Broncos' prospects.
"I always liked Boise State," he said. "There's just something about them. Maybe it's the blue turf. I like them."
Mahone holds offers from Houston, SMU and Texas-San Antonio in addition to the Broncos. All four schools are recruiting the 6-foot, 205-pound prospect as a running back, but he is also a standout defensive back at Prosper High School.
"I'm both. I don't prefer either one," he said. "Wherever I get recruited and what the coaches want me to play is where I will play. I will choose a school based on fit, not position."
"They like my size, speed and shiftiness," he said. "They say I'm similar to Jay Ajayi, who just left."
With one week of school left in his junior year, Mahone is finalizing his summer plans. On the docket is Boise State, SMU and TCU. He hopes to have his final decision made in the next few months.
"I'm most likely going to have my top schools by the end of June and I want to commit a couple of days before the football season starts," Mahone said.
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