JC D-Tackle is a Hot Commodity

David Mahoney, the 6-1, 290-pound defensive tackle at Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce College, has plenty of D-1 scholarship offers. JCFootball.com spoke with the talented prospect recently and he updated on the list of offers and what he's looking for in the school...

David Mahoney the 6-1, 290-pounder from Los Angeles Pierce College, prepped at El Camino Real in Woodland Hills, Calif.,  and was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, so he chose the junior collegel that fit him best and he hasn't looked back.

"The coaching staff here is second-to-none," Mahoney told JCFootball.com earlier this week. "They are so good about getting their players ready for the next level and I had some friends who where here so I just followed them here and I've been real happy here."

As a freshman in 2008, Mahoney played mainly at the strongside defensive end position, racking up 40 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles, and he plans for an even better sophomore campaign.

"I was just getting comfortable when the season was ending so this year I should be good to go right away," Mahoney said. "I'm quick and I have good strength, so I can hold the point of attack and that's what schools like about me.

"I bench 385 and I have a 525 pound squat, and this spring I ran a 4.72 forty time, so I think people figure they can use me at end or move me inside because of my size."

Recruiting has been brisk for the talented defensive lineman and he's approaching double-digit scholarship offers from D-1 schools.

"Right now the offers I have are from San Diego State, UCLA, Arizona State, Tennessee, New Mexico State, Florida International, Utah State, Nevada and Iowa State," Mahoney said. "I'm getting letters and interest from schools all over the place, but those are the ones that have offered.

"I'm definitely going to take my time and not make a quick decision. Some people think you should just take it and get the decision out of the way so you can concentrate on football, but I'm not worried about that.

"I've never been through this before, so I want to take my time and make sure I make the right decision and the only way I can do that is to take my visits so I can compare things."

So what are some of the criteria for the school looking to get his signature on a National Letter of Intent?

"Location is great, but I'm really more interested in the program as a whole," Mahoney said. "I want a school that offers good academics and that has a winning tradition. I want to play for a good coaching staff that has proven to get guys moved on to the next level and that has won before.

"Mainly I just want a school I can feel comfortable at and that I can succeed at."

Mahoney has been hard at work in the classroom as well and will have his two-year degree in December with three years to play two following the 2009 season.

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