Standing a legit 6'6" 240lbs, Josh Malin already had 5 offers coming into the UTSA Junior Day. Baylor, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Missouri have all put verbals on the table. Now you can add UTSA to the list.
"I kind of was expecting it because earlier in the week the coaches had told me that they would have some good news for me at the Junior day," said Malin.
There were 120 kinds in attendance and InsideRunnerSports has learned that only a few offers were handed out. An offer to Malin makes it clear that he is a top priority for the staff.
"I believe I'm the only defensive lineman that they've offered so far," said Malin.
With Big XII, Big 10 and SEC offers already on the table, Malin says that he is 100% wide open and all programs are standing on equal ground. He is looking to have a decision before the start of his senior season, but will be looking to attend camps and take some unofficial visits before starting to sort things out.
Education is huge for Josh, but as most recruits he wants to know his chances of getting on the field.
"I'm always looking to receive the best education I can, but also playing time. I asked how many guys are on the roster right now. Who do you have coming back? How many did you sign this year, and how many guys are they looking to take in the 2014 class," said Malin.
As of right now, UTSA is looking to take 2-3 defensive lineman for the 2014 cycle.
Matt Moen TE (6'3" 230lbs 4.71)Didn't receive an offer, but has been directly told he is high on their list and a priority. The staff did tell him to contact them this coming week. It could be good news.
"They're telling me that they're looking at me seriously and I'm at the top of the list. If they were to offer, I would seriously consider it," said Moen.
Along with UTSA, SMU, North Dakota and Rice have all shown interest.
Deionte Noel OG (6'3" 285lbs)The interior O-lineman came away more impressed with what the program had to offer.
"I like UTSA, it's progressing very well. I loved the visit. The Coaches were very personal, I liked it a lot," said Noel.
Noel commented that there were a lot of people in attendance and he was able to speak with the staff some. Along with a campus tour, there was a lot of talk on how the O-line functions and the entire offensive system works.
For the time being, Noel will now be focusing on upcoming Spring Ball heading into his Senior year at Steele, but UTSA has made a really good impression on him.
"I was actually surprised with UTSA. I have a lot of interest in them right now," said Noel.
Matthew Simmons DE (6'4" 220lbs 4.75)College athletics is nothing new to Simmons as he has a brother, Ryan Simmons, playing football at Oklahoma State and sister Meighan Simmons is starring on the baksetball team at Tennessee.
His Junior day visit left UTSA with very high marks.
"The visit went really good. The school is great. I liked the campus, it's not to big, everything is within walking distance and it's close to my house. If I had the choice, I would probably go to UTSA," said Simmons.
Simmons is looking for a good coaching staff, to receive a good education, a great school and great teammates that will be there for each other no matter what. One thing that really stood out to Matthew was how hard the 'Runners hit the weight room.
"What was different is that they work out a lot. Some schools don't workout as hard. What really surprised me, was that they have coaches standing behind you while your lifting weights. So if I'm not doing what I need to be doing, they can keep me in check. That really surprised me," said Simmons.
Along with UTSA, Baylor, Boise State, and Missouri have show interest.
D'Angelo Wallace DB (5'9" 165lbs 4.4)Was also in attendance, but we weren't able to obtain an update on the DB.
OL Cameron Jackson(6'4" 325lbs) was a late scratch as he attended SMU's Jr day.