Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT
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 IrishIllustrated.com 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.