Notre Dame doesn't have great depth at running back, so it's good that the Irish already have one rusher committed for next season.
Behind the cemented starter, Cierre Wood, the backup position is still up in the air, but there is a slight possibility that Theo Riddick will return to running back for good after this season.
Even if Riddick does return, there is a clear opening for a bruiser.
Current freshmen Cam McDaniel and George Atkinson III don't really have the frame to become that type of player. Their games have a dependency on agility and speed (more agility for McDaniel and speed for Atkinson III).
Incoming recruit William Mahone, on the other hand, is more stout. While he is just five pounds heavier than Atkinson III (and 2.5 inches shorter according to Rivals.com), his body seems to be more built for a brusier's role.
That doesn't mean that Mahone can't break long runs or lacks agility. In fact, his highlights show he is able to make a cut and take it to the house or run over players on the goal line.
Like the rest of the incoming freshmen, Mahone will undergo an intensive strength and conditioning program. It will be interesting to see how much weight he puts on before next season.
Cam Roberson is coming off ACL surgery, but Roberson could find himself competing against Mahone to become Notre Dame's bigger running back.
If everything falls into place, Mahone could see the field quite a bit next season.