The 6-foot, 205-pound Mahone, who is Scout.com's 10th-ranked running back, is making his college choice known during an Aug. 7 ceremony at a yet-to-be-determined location, and the schools in contention are Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
"I'll just have one hat with me," said Mahone, who will pull it out of a bag. "I think it will be in the evening because I have things to do in the morning, so I'm thinking late. Either late in the afternoon or the evening."
Mahone has visited each of his final four schools, and has a trip to Pittsburgh set for Saturday. He broke down what he likes about each school:
- Notre Dame: "Really, they broke into my top four when I visited there. I wasn't thinking about going down there, but I visited and it opened my eyes, and now they're in contention."
- Penn State: "That was one of my first big offers I got. I just really felt a connection with coach Paterno and a few people on the staff down there."
- Michigan State: "I actually camped there when I was a sophomore. (Assistant) coach (Pat) Narduzzi is a real good guy, and they've been recruiting me since my sophomore season. I just felt really good when I was down there."
- Pittsburgh: "I've been down there maybe four or five times, and I'm going down there (Saturday). They've been recruiting me hard and it's like a family atmosphere there. (Assistant) coach (Calvin) Magee actually saw me at the Michigan camp when I was a sophomore and he was at Michigan, and he's always kept an eye on me."
"It's probably my last visit," Mahone said. "I'd like to get to Notre Dame and talk to coach Kelly face-to-face, but if that can't be the case, it probably will be my last visit."
Mahone also expressed relief about his decision day being near, and the prospect of regaining loads of free time.
"It's just to focus on my season and to get a better understanding of the school I'm going to in terms of how I would be there, and do whatever I can to make it a better program," Mahone said. "It's stuff like that."