Mahone looking toward Irish visit

William Mahone spoke with Irish Eyes about the interest he is receiving from Notre Dame following his performance at the Nike Combine in Columbus, Ohio.

One player Notre Dame is working to get on campus is William Mahone from Youngstown (OH) Fitch High School. Where do the Irish stand in the recruiting race?

"Coach Warinner came by school on Thursday and watched us lift. It was nice to see him come to school and it shows me Notre Dame is very interested in me. I think Coach Hinton is coming this week to see me also. Right now I'm looking to get over for a visit in June."

Mahone's plan for a visit is a major step forward as he really does not know much about the Irish program or campus.

"Right now I just need to get out there and see the school. But I'm definitely interested and think my interest will only go up once I get up there."



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As for his overall experience at the combine, Mahone came away feeling positive about the overall experience.

"It was very good here and I feel there were plenty of drills I learned from and found it to be one of the best camps I've attended. I'll look to take the things I learned back with me and look to get better."

So what is Mahone looking for in a program?

"The relationships I'm able to build with the coaches and it being more of a family base. Coaching stability is also important and you want to attend a school and graduate."

Being recruited as a running back, how important will style of play be in his decision?

"It will be very important. I want to go to a school that runs the ball."

Attending events like the Nike Combine exposes prospect to members of the media. How have things gone with the added pressures of making one assessable to the media throughout the recruiting process gone?

"To be honest, as a kid growing up I would dream of all this happening. Getting older I never lost that dream and I don't mean to be cocky or anything, but I always expected this and now that it is here, I'm enjoying it.

"I've gotten use to it and sometimes you just have to tell people you don't have the time and will need to call them back. I'm going to say it is not annoying, but you have to do what you have to do."

As for when he will look to trim down his list and make a decision. It sounds like there is a plan in place.

"I'll be looking to reduce my list this summer when I sit down with my mother and coach. We're going to sit down and try and trim it as much as we can. Hopefully, I can make my decision before my senior season, but if not, I'll look to take some official visits and get it done then."


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