"He's got a ton of talent."

Pulling a player out of the state of Mississippi is not an easy task, but Malcolm Faciane saw something in Tuscaloosa which, "feels like home."

Malcolm Faciane
Scout.com Rating: Three-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 22 Tight End
Size: 6-foot-6, 240-pounds
Hometown: Picayune High School, Picayune, Miss.
Projected Position: Tight End

Stats: Faciane caught five passes at Picayune this season for 122 yards with three touchdowns. He was named to the Dandy Dozen by the Clarion-Ledger.

Commit Date: 4/15/2010
Recruiting Competition: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss

Why Alabama: "Alabama was always one of my favorite colleges. It feels like home out there. When I went out there I noticed they were going to make sure I got my degree in addition to helping me be a better football player and a better person."

Strengths/Improvements: Malcolm is athletically what every college program is looking for in a tight end. He is a perfect fit for teh Tide's offense. He has the right blend of blocking prowess to seal off the edge and the speed to outrun linebackers in the passing game. Men his size generally do not move the way he does, which is one of the things that makes him special. Due to the offensive system run at Picayune, Faciane is often used as basically another tackle.

His skills as a receiver are something he will need to work on at the next level. He has average hands which is another by product of inexperience as a receiver.

Due to his frame and strong foundation as a punishing blocker, Malcolm could slide down a spot and play tackle in Tuscaloosa.

Coach Quotes (Picayune Head Coach Dodd Lee): "I believe he has his best football ahead of him as he matures both physically and mentally. He's got a ton of talent. I can see him on the offensive line at tackle or tight end in college.

"Malcolm became a starter for us his junior year. We used him at both tight end and defensive end. In his role at tight end we like his ability of block at the point of attack, his great hands, and his athleticism.

"He's a good kid from a good family. For someone his size he has a kind, gentle nature about him. I don't foresee any off-the-field problems in Malcolm's future."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

Scout.com says: Faciane is a special talent. He has excellent speed for a player his size and a true tight end rather than a converted wide receiver. Malcolm is very good at the point of contact on running plays. He has good arm length that allows him to keep defenders off of him. He has soft hands and gets north and south in a hurry. He is extremely athletic and could push for playing time early in his college career. Players with his skill set are rare.
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