A business decision

Josh Malone is a very mature young man with a great support staff behind him. He has been going through the recruiting process for well over a year and it is coming to a close in the near future...

Who will Josh Malone commit to on December 4 at Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn.?

That is a question Malone cannot answer today, but he will be ready that first week of December.

"I do not know what school I am going to choose yet," said Malone. "I have never really had a leader or anything yet, so I just don't know. I know it will be a tough decision, but it is one I will be ready to make."

The Scout 100 wide receiver has visited many schools and he and his family have really taken notice to all the fine details at each institution.

Some prospects choose a school because they grew up a fan, others because of the location, some because of the early playing time opportunity, and many because of the connection they have with the coaching staff.

All of that and more will factor into Malone's decision.

"It is a very hard decision because it is not about the next four years of my life, but the next 40 years.

"It is really a business decision for me. I want to go to a school where I can play early, where I can build up a resume for the NFL, where I am very comfortable, and where I can feed off the school's alumni to help my future.

"I want the right person or people to mentor me, I want the right people to help me improve on the field, and I want to be around the right people that can prepare me best for life. There is a lot that will go into my decision."

A couple of schools have already had the 6-foot-2, 190 pound wideout on their campus for official visits this fall. The most recent was Tennessee and there was a lot of chatter about the atmosphere that day when well over 100,000 fans watched the Vols host Georgia.

Malone has been inside Neyland Stadium many times, but he had not heard it like that before.

"I have been up to Tennessee many times, but this was definitely the loudest it has ever been. The fans were great, they got so loud when they made some stops against Georgia, and it was pretty exciting to see.

"The atmosphere stood out, but I also enjoyed my time with the coaches and just being around the players. I spent a lot of time with freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs and we got along really well. I had a good visit up there."

The week before he tripped to Knoxville, Malone made his second trip to Athens. The Dawgs showed him a good time as well.

"I really like the whole coaching staff at Georgia and I like their offense a lot too," said Malone. "They throw a lot of vertical routes to their receivers and Coach [Tony] Ball (Wide receivers) is a great teacher and I really like his style and philosophy. He likes for his receiver group to be involved. Georgia is a nice place too."

Official visit No. 3 for Malone will take place early in November when Florida State hosts Miami. This will be visit two to Tallahassee for the Malone family and the first trip impressed them as a group.

"We all had a great time down there in the summer when we visited, so we are excited about going back for this visit. I really like Coach [Jimbo] Fisher's offense for me as a receiver. It is a pass-happy offense, they spread the ball around, and they know how to set up their passing game with the run. I had a good time on their campus, it is a good college town, and it will be cool to get back there again."

The only other official visit Malone has scheduled at this time is with the school FSU plays this weekend. Clemson is the school and this will be his second time there this season. That is something no other school can say.

Malone was there for the Tiger's season opener against Georgia and he "loved" the atmosphere that night and the coaching staff is "family-like" in his eyes.

Could a connection he has with a current Clemson commitment help in his recruitment? "I have hung out with Deshaun Watson (Quarterback) a lot at a couple of camps and I would say that helps Clemson some. We have worked together before, we have a little chemistry already, and we have a good relationship. That is a positive for Clemson for sure. That is something they have that is a little different."

A decision Malone will make before he announces the big decision on December 4 is if he will take a fifth and final official visit.

That decision will be made in the very near future and the schools he is considering for that visit is Florida, Louisville, and Ohio State.

Those schools appear to be a little behind the main four at this time, but Malone is still considering all seven programs.

In the end though, he know he can only sign with one and he will be enrolling at the school of his choice in January after graduating high school in December.

"It is going to be tough to tell schools no," Malone said. "Most of the schools I am still considering have been with me for a while and I have relationships with coaches, so it won't be easy. It is something I know I have to do though, so it will be fine. It just won't be easy."

The No. 15 wide receiver in the country cannot wait for the night of December 4 to get here. He knows he has at least two more official visits to take, quite a few phone calls with coaches, and many discussions with his family.

He is looking forward to knowing where his next home will be.

"I cannot wait. I will sleep a lot better, I will know where I am going, and I will have no second thoughts about it.

"My parents and I have spreadsheets we are looking at with all the pros and cons about each school and I know I will make the right decision.

"I am not sure which school it is today, but I will on December 4."

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