Northwest Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Terrance Deion Malone (6-4, 315) has a national junior college championship and isn’t messing around.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and Razorback offensive coach Sam Pittman showed up at Malone’s school on Tuesday morning, offered him a scholarship and he had an official visit set up for this weekend a few minutes later.
“It’s Offensive Line U,” Malone said. “Why wouldn’t I be excited about it? They get it done up there and I am excited about getting up there to see everything they have to offer.”
Malone, who goes by Deion, is expected to be one of five or so official visitors for the Razorbacks this weekend.
That will include a quartet of Razorback commits in Star City defensive lineman Austin Capps, Pulaski Robinson wide receiver/tailback T.J. Hammonds, Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones and Madison, Miss., Central tight end Grayson Gunter.
“I am graduating soon so I didn’t want to wait and decided to just get right up there,” Malone said. “Coach Bielema and Coach Pittman have me raring to get up there and get to work for them.”
Arkansas is Malone’s first SEC offer and he also has ones from Memphis, Southern Miss and East Carolina among his 18 total offers.
He officially visited East Carolina on Nov. 27 and Mississippi State showed up to see him on Wednesday.
“It really is the biggest and best offer I have so far and the one I had been hoping for,” Malone said. “The head coach and offensive line coach were here and said they wanted me to visit and be a part of the team.”
Malone, who played his high school football at Batesville, Miss., South Panola, may be a Razorback commitment by the end of the weekend.
“There is a great opportunity that will happen,” Malone said. “If it is everything that I think it is, then, yes, that would be the case.”
Malone blocked for a NMCC offense that averaged 462.7 yards total offense per game this season.
“I think I am a really good at run blocking,” Malone said. “I also feel really good about my punch.
“The one thing I want to get better at is just my strength. When you are at a junior college there is just not a lot of weight training and so I am really looking forward to getting in a major college weight room. I know the coaches up there can get me right.”
Northwest Mississippi CC just finished up a 10-1 season and won the NJCAA national championship last Sunday with a 66-13 rout of previously unbeaten and No. 2 Rochester last Sunday.
“We had some really good players,” Malone said. “I think we have the best junior college quarterback in the country (Gardner Mishaw). He is a freshman qualifier, but doesn’t have any offers yet and I just don’t understand that.
“He has passed for over 3,000 yards and almost 30 touchdowns. We also have a great running back in Justin Crawford and I think he is as good as anyone out there.
“I think we took all this talent and just played together and had a lot of success.”
Crawford (6-0, 200), who rushed for 1,610 yards this past season, also was visited by Arkansas and Georgia on Tuesday and is set to take a visit to Louisville this weekend.
He is expected to take a visit to Arkansas later in the recruiting process.
Terrance Deion Malone