From somewhere around 40 offers to four.
Josh Malone had just about every scholarship offer top prospects have these days and now it could be a battle between four schools remain for the top prospect in Tennessee.
Malone has not confirmed it yet, but based on what Scout is hearing, Vanderbilt is no longer a strong contender and they likely will not receive an official visit.
Who still remains in the race for the Scout 100 wide receiver?
Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee for sure. Could a fifth school sneak in, yes, but it looks like Malone will sign with one of the four listed.
The 6-foot-2, 190 pound senior out of Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp has scheduled official visits with three schools and here are the dates:
Georgia - September 27 (LSU)
Tennessee - October 4 (Georgia)
Florida State - November 1 (Miami)
The Clemson visit may take place the weekend of November 22 when the Tigers host The Citadel. That date could possibly change, but that date is one Scout is hearing about.
The four-star wideout has visited each of the schools he is set to visit officially unofficially at least once.
Georgia appeared to have the momentum with Malone after the family visited Athens early in the summer. Head Coach Mark Richt is one thing that stood out when they were at UGA.
FSU then got the Malone camp on their campus and the Seminoles made a big push. They may have swung things their way at that time. The play of Jameis Winston has only helped the 'Noles here.
Clemson is a school that has a couple of commitments that Malone has gotten to know well over time. Quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Demarre Kitt are those guys and those two only help Clemson. Their success at receiver is big too.
Tennessee is the in-state school and he sees an opportunity to step in there and compete for their No. 1 wide receiver spot immediately. Playing time is important to Malone, so that helps the Vols and UT is in the thick of this race.
Malone will likely make his decision in late November or early December as he gets ready to graduate before the end of 2013.
Scout hears playing time and quarterback play are two big keys in Malone's decision. He is quiet, he is smart, he is methodical, and he has great support around him, so Malone will make a strong decision once his final official visit has been taken.
Scout ranks Malone as the No. 15 wide receiver in the country.
Inside Look: Josh Malone
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