West Virginia The Destination For Defensive Back Sean Mahone

West Virginia won a three-way race for standout defensive back Sean Mahone when the Lakota West senior made the Mountaineers his choice.

Sean Mahone has made his decision. The West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West safety will become a Mountaineer, choosing WVU over fellow finalists Virginia and Purdue. Mahone made his commitment on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11


Mahone made multiple trips to the West Virginia campus during the recruiting process, and the most recent appeared to be the determining factor for the rising senior.

"My first visit I only saw the football side of things, so this trip I wanted to look at the entire campus," Mahone told Scout.com's Bill Greene of his most recent visit to the Mountain State. "After touring the campus, the coaches and I talked about the importance of getting my degree."

"We talked about the importance of education, then we talked about how I fit into the football program," he added. "They are losing five senior defensive backs after this season, and I would have a good chance at early playing time."

Mahone was also impressed with West Virginia's facilities, calling the weight room "as good of a weight room as I've ever seen."

A three-star prospect, Mahone is rated as the #39 safety in the nation by Scout.com. He also had offers from Kentucky, Tulsa, Ohio and Miami, Oh., among others.

Mahone's commitment gives West Virginia 21verbals in the football recruiting class of 2016. Rated as a safety, Mahone could also be a cornerback at West Virginia.

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