Arkansas may be without a full-time offensive line coach at the moment, but it doesn’t appear that is going to keep the Razorbacks from landing another offensive line pledge.
Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Terrance Deion Malone (6-4, 290) - a mid-term graduate - said Arkansas was the likely destination for him after completing his official visit on Sunday.
“I ain't committed just yet," Malone said. "I mean it's a high possibility. It's a real blessing. I really love it up here. It's a high possibility, 9-out-10 that I could be a Hog."
The national junior college mid-term signing date is Wednesday.
“The Signing Day is Wednesday and I will sign then,” Malone said. “I will announce my decision that morning.”
The other teams in the mix are Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State, who has told him they may offer.
It doesn’t sound as if an offer from Mississippi State would be a deal breaker.
"Like I said it's not a high chance,” Malone said. “It's 9-out-of-10 here."
Malone was hosted by defensive linemen T.J. Smith and JaMichael Winston this weekend.
"I really like all the facilities," Malone said. "The coaches are good, they treated me good all weekend. They've got a lot of players coming back. I got time to talk to them....to know them. So I won't be coming in knowing nobody. I feel good."
Malone noted that the fact that Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman took a new job at Georgia would not be a factor in his decision because of his belief in Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
“Even though he did take the Georgia job I know Coach B is going to bring in a good offensive line coach," Malone said. "So my interest level hasn't dropped off.”
He liked the way Bielema handled the situation.
"Yes sir, he called me into the office that morning and told me everything," Malone said. "Most coaches would try to hide it. That stood out to me.”
Malone’s parents are on board with him being a Razorback.
"They love it, love it," Malone said. "They love the school, the facilities and the coaches, how they talked to them and everything. They want me here even more than me. So like I said, it's a high possibility.”
He enjoyed getting to see Arkansas go through workouts for the Liberty Bowl match-up with Kansas State in Memphis on Jan. 2.
"The practices were great," Malone said. "I like how they go through their practices. The tempo I love it. No one worrying about it. Everyone was happy. Like I said, it's a good environment."
Malone was part of a Northwest Mississippi CC offense that led the team to a national junior college championship this season.
The Rangers averaged 462.7 yards of total offense while going 11-1 and capping the year with
"My main thing is I have to work on getting bigger,” Malone said. "I am small, but I'm still physical. I have good feet and good hand placement. "
Terrance Deion Malone