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RB Will Mahone pledges to the Irish

Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

Will Mahone

It seemed like a long time coming. After months of being connected to the Irish, Ohio running back Will Mahone finally committed to Notre Dame last night, giving the Irish a much needed commitment in the backfield.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back from Austintown, Ohio had offers from Penn State, Pitt, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois, Tennessee and a slew of others before ultimately choosing the Irish over the Nittany Lions and Panthers.

Mahone went Lebron James when he spoke with Pete Sampson of to explain his commitment.

“Next fall I want to take my talents to South Bend and play for the Irish,” Mahone said. “I just had a feeling. I had a lot of times I wanted to commit and things like that. But after going there, I just felt something there.”

Adding Mahone to the much needed running back depth chart won’t likely close up recruiting a position that’s in need of a talent infusion. Kelly and the coaching staff are still looking to add another back, likely one that complements Mahone’s physical stature. The most obvious object of Irish fans’ desire is North Carolina back Keith Marshall. Other options are Kei’Varae Russell and Byron Marshall, with all three will be visiting South Bend when Southern Cal rolls into town.

Mahone’s the 16th commitment to the Irish’s 2012 recruiting class.

  1. brendanunderscoreg - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    This kid’s a really good pickup. Reminds me of Mark Ingram.

  2. drchrisraymond44 - Oct 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    As someone who is on the sidelines for every Austintown-Fitch game, and as a big ND fan, the Irish are getting an exceptional athlete and a great kid. Congrats to him and the Irish.

  3. irishfan2791 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Marshall would be a huge pick-up for this team, i like the addition of Mahone, looks like a good athlete and someone with potential. Kelly and the boys need to start getting some top tier talent to add to this solid recruiting class i.e Green-Beckham, Spence, Peat, and some other top of the line guys, just look what Aaron Lynch is doing this year, we need more of that!!!

  4. papadec - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Nothing breeds success – like success. Other recruits have to be looking @ what the Irish did tonight, and are capable of doing every game, and seeing themselves as part of that. Glad to see & hear from people (above) about the quality of Mahone and other recruits. GO IRISH !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. notredave - Oct 2, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    Now we need to get Keith Marshall. * drools *

  6. NDfan1224 - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM


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