Spartans in Mahone's Final Four

Ohio running back William Mahone talks about Michigan State being one of four schools he'll pick from on August 7. Where do the Spartans really stand with the 4-star prospect.

When Michigan State received the verbal pledge of Georgia running back Nick Tompkins in late June many thought that would end any chance of getting a pledge from Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch running back William Mahone.

However, Mahone on Friday made it known he'll make his college choice in two weeks and the Spartans were one of four teams to make the cut.

"I like Michigan State a lot and had a good talk with Coach Dantonio and the whole staff when I was there some weeks ago.

"But I do not know if they will really be in the running. I really like the school a lot but they already have a running back commitment and they are only going to take one. I know I could go there and play defense, but I don't think I want to play defense in college."

So where would the Spartans be if they did not have a running back pledge?

"They would be right in the race with everybody else. I came away from my visit really liking them, but they told me of the situation before I had left. I spoke with them later that night or the next day and they said they felt they had a running back committing and wanted to see what I was thinking about doing.

"I was not ready yet then and they got their commitment and that is how things went."

While Mahone was positive he was not going to be a Spartan, it did not stop one of the Spartans pledges from working on him during The Opening.

"I actually play against a Michigan State recruit Se'Von Pittman who is from Canton. I got to talk with him about Michigan State out at The Opening along with a lot of other kids who are committed to other schools."

When asked to give his thoughts on the Spartans program, Williams was very positive about Mark Dantonio and the program he is building.

"Michigan State is on a roll as they won the Big Ten last year. I feel they are going to keep the success going and Coach Dantonio is a good guy who knows what he's doing and I feel they are going to keep rolling in the Big Ten."

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