Pack Evaluating New Jersey Junior

Randolph (NJ) standout Brendan Mahon is one of the Northeast's top junior offensive linemen and NC State is making an early push in his recruitment.

Brendan Mahon is one of the Northeast's top junior offensive linemen and NC State is making a push.

Rutgers may currently be the school to beat for the 6-5, 300-pound lineman from Randolph, N.J., but Mahon admits that some of that is due to the fact that Rutgers is close to home and he's probably most familiar with the Scarlet Knights. As he gets out on the road and visits more schools that could change.

With early offers from Rutgers, Boston College and UConn, Mahon is in a position to pick up more offers and one could be coming from the Wolfpack.

"Sometime soon I'd like to go down and see Purdue and then I'll see North Carolina State because I've been getting a lot of interest from them," Mahon told Pack Pride.

"I forget the coaches name from North Carolina State, just because there are so many coaches I've been in contact with, but I've been getting a lot of handwritten (letters) from him. They invited me to every single home game this past year. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it out during the season but I'd love to get down there.

"They've invited me to their camps in the middle of June so we'll see what happens with that."

Mahon may even make it to NC State before then for a junior day. If that happens and then that's followed with a summer trip the Pack would be in a position to surge up his list and compete with Rutgers, who seems to have location working in their favor.

While Mahon isn't limiting himself to schools in the region he admits distance from home could be a factor in his choice. Is NC State simply too far from home?

"It's on the further side for me but if I find a school that I like and want to go to then I'll have to consider it," he acknowledged.

While Randolph's team had a losing record this year much of that was due to youth and injuries. They only graduate three seniors so most of the team is returning and that's one reason Mahon is so optimistic.

"I think I performed very well this year," Mahon said. "I think the knowledge I picked up this year really helped me."

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