Mahoney Recaps One Visit, Looks Toward Others

Malvern (Pa.) Prep offensive tackle Hayden Mahoney visited Boston College and Penn State and is set to visit Miami and Virginia, and he gave his thoughts on each of them.

When Malvern (Pa.) Prep offensive tackle Hayden Mahoney sets foot on Miami's campus this weekend, it will be with a touch more ease then his recently visits to Boston College and Penn State, and bit more than his upcoming trip to Virginia.

It's because Mahoney will get to campus already holding an offer.

"Boston College offered, but it was at the end of the day," Mahoney said. "Knowing that I have an offer (from Miami) makes me feel a little more comfortable. I talk to (offensive line) coach (Art) Kehoe every day on Facebook. I can get to relax and get to know the guys there, get to know coach Kehoe and coach (Al) Golden.

"I'm extremely excited because it's a whole new game. I love coach Kehoe. He's a great guy. I talked to coach Golden, and he seems like a great guy. I just want to get down there and meet him."

Mahoney makes the trip south in between a pair of more local trips. He was at Penn State on Saturday, and he will be at Virginia on April 5.

And although the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Mahoney didn't pick up an offer during his Penn State visit, it didn't dampen his mood about the day.

"I understood what (coach James Franklin) was saying," Mahoney said. "They've only been there a short amount of time, and the relationship (needs to grow) and they'll come out in May and see me again and we'll go from there. I completely understood because they're a new coaching staff. I really like Franklin a lot and I like (offensive line) coach (Herb) Hand a lot. I completely understood."

Mahoney said he left campus understanding why the fan base is so energized by Franklin's hiring.

"One thing they stressed is their turning the program around and making it a powerhouse again," Mahoney said. "They said any person they offer, they're making sure they go there.

"I went up when coach (Bill) O'Brien was there, and I didn't see many differences. I just saw within the guys, they seemed a lot more connected, and the coaches seemed a lot more connected. (Franklin) connects a lot with the guys."

It is the energy Franklin emotes that catches the eyes of recruits.

"It was 10 o'clock in the morning and he was yelling and he was fired up," Mahoney said. "I think he convinced the guys they're going to be a powerhouse again. He made them believe, because he made me believe, that they're taking it to the next level."

Mahoney's pending trip to Virginia will give him a chance to see the program for the first time, but he knows plenty about the school and the campus.

"My brother's buddy is a player there," he said. "He's an offensive lineman (Michael Mooney). He said he loves it there. I haven't seen the football side of it, but I've seen the campus. I met the offensive line coach. I haven't seen the ins and outs of it, and I'm excited to see what they're all about."

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