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National Signing Day 2016: Sean Mahone Is Officially A West Virginia Mountaineer

The cornerback joins an inexperienced secondary with a chance to prove he belongs.

Alex Gleitman, 247Sports

Lakota West High School Cornerback Sean Mahone is now officially a West Virginia Mountaineer. The Ohio native signed with head coach Dana Holgorsen's program after turning down opportunities to play in conferences such as the Big-10 and SEC.  Mahone will join a cornerback group at West Virginia that needs to find its identity after losing two key starters and an experienced reserve.

On tape Mahone often looked too physical and long for other athletes he competed against. His six foot frame equipped with long arms and legs help him recover and play the deep ball well while his 190 pound frame is perfect for run support. Mahone also could be the answer at punt return for the Mountaineers. The dominance or lack of competition is easily seen with him at the high school level but in order to compete in the Big-12 Mahone will have to work on his ball skills and explosion. A combination of strength coach Mike Joseph and cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell could help in those areas.

Mahone resembles a lot of what former Mountaineer Daryl Worley brought to the position but can also play inside like former safety K.J. Dillon.

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