As a junior this past season, William Mahone rushed for 700 yards, had another 200 receiving yards. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns on special teams. On defense, he finished with 30 tackles, picked off five passes including one that was returned for a touchdown, and also forced two fumbles. He was rewarded with second-team all-conference honors on defense, and first-team honors on offense.
Mahone is being recruited by as a running back by all the schools that have offered him, and from what he's seen of Pitt's new system, he likes how the Panthers use the running back.
"It was very high tempo, similar to how we run our offense," Mahone said. "We're kind of used to (the fast tempo). I love how they use their running backs. They love running the ball. It's a real good offense."
Mahone and high school teammates Chris Davis and Demitrious Davis went down for Saturday's practice. Afterwards, they received a tour of the facilities. They also had a chance to meet with the Pitt coaching staff. Mahone is being recruited by co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Calvin Magee.
"I've talked to all the coaches; coach Magee, (defensive backs) coach (Tony) Gibson, (head) coach (Todd) Graham, (receivers) coach (Mike) Norvell. Coach Norvell is the recruiting coordinator. There's a lot of guys. They stay in touch. I think coach Gibson recruits my area, but I talk to him and everybody else."
Mahone said he went to Pitt's prospect camp last summer, and that the recruiting has picked up with the new staff in place. After watching Pitt practice on Saturday, he got a tour of the practice facility.
"I didn't get to see the campus, but I'll get to see that next time," Mahone said. "The tour, I learned there's a lot of history, tradition and a lot of memorabilia from the old times. They're trying to get back into it, and get that winning tradition going again."
Mahone has a lot of other visits planned this spring. He is going to Penn State next weekend, followed by an unofficial to Michigan State. He's also planning to get up to State College for the Nike Football Training Camp later in April. His future plans also include a return trip to Pitt.
"I think I want to get down to see another (spring) practice, maybe get back in the summer," Mahone said. "Pitt is definitely in the mix."