He wanted to be a Hurricane.
So the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Mahoney, who was offered a few months ago, committed while on campus.
"When I first got offered, I was like, ‘Ok, they're definitely in my top three,' " Mahoney said. "They offered me first, and that means a lot with me. They put their faith and trust in me. When I got down here and hung out with (offensive line) coach (Art) Kehoe and coach (Al) Golden, I just knew it was right. It's a family atmosphere and everyone is connected. It's what I'm looking for."
However, after watching Miami practice Friday and scrimmage Saturday, and seeing how the offensive line plays and how Kehoe interacts with the players, it was a no-brainer Mahoney to commit.
"(Kehoe) has coached the best," Mahoney said. "He coached guys who came in here and barely had any offers, and then they played 10 years in the league. I was like, ‘If he can do that, he can do anything.' He connects with the guys really well."
Mahoney also enjoyed the non-football side of the campus.
"I like how it's real open and stuff," he said. "It's not as big as people think it is. They have maybe 10,000 undergrads, which is good for me because I like that. I like small classes. The campus is open and it's always nice."
Finally, the fact the coaching staff has a strong flavor of coaches rooted in the northeast was an added benefit.
"It seems like everyone is from the northeast," Mahoney said. "When I went in, I was expecting everyone to be from Florida but that's not the case at all."