Dabo discusses Josh Malone

CLEMSON - A day after Georgia head coach Mark Richt publicly commented about Josh Malone, we went to Dabo Swinney for his take on the four-star wide receiver.

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Malone, who's signed financial aid agreement papers with Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State, can have unlimited contact with those schools. And, because he's signed those papers, coaches from those schools are also permitted to publicly talk about him.

So Richt spoke about him on Tuesday during his press conference.

Swinney went on the record with CUTigers about Malone on Wednesday.

"He's some kind of player," Swinney said.

The No. 10 ranked wide receiver in the class of 2014 took an official visit to Clemson this past weekend.

"He's a great player. He's a difference maker," Swinney said. "He's a guy we're excited about having the opportunity to recruit. We're very honored that we're one of the schools that he's seriously considering.

"He's an elite talent."

Clemson has accepted signed financial aid agreement papers from several other prospects, including Deshaun Watson, Artavis Scott, Demarre Kitt and Chris Register. But all of they're all committed to Clemson.

At this point, it would appear that Malone is the only prospect in the country to sign papers with more than one school.

"It's strange in that it hasn't been done before," Swinney said. "It's different for everybody. It's a new thing.

"You know what? He's earned that right, per the rules, because he's handled his business and he's positioned himself to graduate early.

"Most guys already know what they want to do. It's just a benefit. But, in his case, he wanted to be able to get to know people a little bit better, so you can do away with the restrictions."

Malone will announce his commitment on Dec. 4.

"But I think he's probably a little tired of [the lack of restrictions], too. I know everybody will be glad when he makes a decision," Swinney said.

As for the rule, Swinney thinks it has its pros and cons.

"I think it's a great rule. Most of these guys are already coming. So, to be able to communicate with them like you need to, I think it's a great rule. It's a common sense rule," he said. "I don't think there are going to be a lot of guys that are going to fall into this category. It is a little bit different to be able to publicly talk about a guy and you've got four or five other people publicly talking about them.

"I think that part of it needs to go away, the public aspect of it probably needs to go away."

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