Breaking Down the Commitment of Defensive Back Sean Mahone to West Virginia

West Virginia got a big boost for its defensive secondary with the Wednesday commitment of Ohio native Sean Mahone. We examine what the senior prospect will bring to the Mountaineer program.

Sean Mahone has the versatility to play several different positions in college, and he will bring those abilities to West Virginia after delaying his decision from its initial intended date.

That wait was worth it, however, as the Lakota West defender has a great deal of promise for the future.
What To Like First, Sean Mahone is versatile. One of the most intriguing aspects on his game is his ability to play either cornerback or safety. At 6-foot, 200-pounds, Mahone has the physicality to play closer to the line of scrimmage but also possesses enough athletic ability to cover in a man-to-man situation. He could play as a physical cornerback, but might also end up at any of West Virginia's three safety positions. This past season Mahone tallied 43 tackles and recorded two interceptions, with one of those being returned for a touchdown. He was recently selected to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 3rd. Possible Concerns Just as much as not having a primary position can be a blessing, it could also be noted as a concern. Where the Mountaineers elect to place Mahone will determine how much time he'll need adjusting to his role.

In reviewing his film at the cornerback position, Mahone tends not to turn his head and focus on the ball. While he works his defender well his focus often doesn't switch ball to the ball. In the pass-happy Big 12 conference he's going to be tested and the inability to adjust can lead to being penalized. Overall Analysis The Mountaineers have been aggressively searching for defensive back help in the class of 2016 and Mahone certainly fills the need. Also of note, West Virginia is enjoying their recent recruiting success in the state of Ohio. The Mountaineers now have six verbal commitments from the Buckeye state, a place that has certainly been good for them over the years. Rated a three-star prospect, Mahone collected over a dozen offers before narrowing his list to three -- West Virginia, Virginia and Purdue. He visited the Mountaineers on several occasions, mostly recently in October.

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