IE Breakdown: William Mahone

We offered our traditional "Quick Take" of Youngstown (Ohio) Austintown Fitch product, William Mahone the evening he gave his verbal commitment to the Irish. Now IrishEyes.com's Dave Berk provides a complete breakdown of the crucial Notre Dame recruit.

GENERAL BREAKDOWN

HT-WT-SPEED: William Mahone may stand just a shade under his listed 6-foot height; however, he looks to be a solid 205-pounds. Great physical size when you are looking for a back with power. Runs in the 4.5 to 4.6 range and should be expected to add some weight once he's in the Irish strength program. Good speed but not flat out burner speed.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: While Mahone may not have burners speed; he does show quick feet, great agility and the ability to keep his balance. This will serve him well as he works to become a feature back at the college level.

STRENGTH: The best part of Mahone's game is his physical strength at the running back position. Remember, we're not just looking at brute strength as we look for a player who can recoil in both the upper and lower body and that equals power.

BODY FLEXBILITY: Mahone does a great job of adjusting his body showing the ability to bend naturally.

PRODUCTION: Mahone does well in a system but has shown during his prep career he's able to place himself in position to make big plays. Once the level of competition rises at the college game, Mahone will have to make a few adjustments and stay within the system. The other positive about Mahone is he would also project as a top outside linebacker.

ON THE FIELD

Having watches several clips on Mahone has shown his strength as a running back is staying inside the tackles. With the perfect build and abilities to excel in a zone blocking scheme, Mahone has picked the right offense to have a chance and showcase his talents. At times Mahone can get high when he hits the hole, which is something he'll need to change. However, he does a great job of squaring his shoulders and keeping his legs pumping.

The other area of Mahone's game not talked about is his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. This will serve him well at Notre Dame.

OVERALL

Mahone may not be the flashy back many look for when breaking down players at the position. However, he shows the ability run with power and gets separation once he's through the hole. The ability to catch the ball and also make quick cuts should allow him to fit nicely into Notre Dame's run game.

Another thing not talked about is how much of a safe bet Mahone is as a recruit since he also projected highly as a linebacker. While he's not built for the Irish outside linebacker spots, the ability to move him inside could be looked at if he does not work out at running back.


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