Spartans Have Early Lead For Mahone

With a desire to play running back at the college level, William Mahone knows Michigan State could be a great place to play. The junior from Youngstown, Ohio talks about his Spartans offer.

This past summer found William Mahone of Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch High School camping in East Lansing with the Michigan State Spartans. That experience opened the door for his fifth verbal scholarship offer to date and his eyes on a possible early leader.

"I was up there this summer for camp," Mahone said by phone on Wednesday night. "Coach (Pat) Narduzzi had come to my school when I was a sophomore and said they were interested in me so I made it a point to camp there."

With his performance, the 6-foot-0, 206-pound running back showed enough to have the Spartans reach out to his high school coach.

"Coach Narduzzi called and spoke with my coach who told me to call him. I called and spoke with Coach Narduzzi, and then Coach (Brad) Salem who coaches the running backs and finished with Coach (Mark) Dantonio."

The conversation with the Spartans head coach caught his attention.

"Coach Dantonio said he watched my film on Monday and was real excited about me. He then asked if I wanted to play offense or defense. When I told him I preferred to be a running back, he said they would recruit me as a running back."

Mahone knows it is too early to shut the door on any team and is open at this time in his recruiting with his ever-growing offer list.

"Right now Michigan State is at the top of my list. My first offer came from Cincinnati following my sophomore year. I also have offers from Bowling Green, Boston College, and Miami (Ohio) and waiting to hear from Penn State. I also get a lot of mail from Oregon and Alabama, however, I'm real open right now."

Impressed with what he saw in the summer, William is looking forward to a return visit with the Spartans soon.

"I want to see more this spring or summer. The coaches are cool, Coach Salem kept things at a fast pace during camp and they have great facilities. The players' lounge is really nice. Michigan State is very appealing to me as I know they like to run the ball."

When asked to describe his style of play, it sounded like Mahone is the type of back the Spartans love to have in their offense.

"I use to be just a power back, but now I can run between the tackles while also being able to bounce and get outside."

Looking to study communications or physical therapy, William Mahone is not looking to make his college decision too soon.

"I try not to look at it too much now, I know I will have to make a decision soon, and I want to get it done as soon as possible, however, I do want to make some official visits after getting my offers in writing."

While the Spartans are in the early lead, it will be interesting to follow William over the next few months, as other programs are sure to join his offer list. Spartan Digest will continue to follow the running backs recruitment in the coming months.

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