2013 prospect Pat Maloney is in the heat of recruiting season, with colleges from across the nation making their way to Maine South High School (Ill.) to see him. The o-lineman hold offers from 12 schools, and looks forward to camp to expand his horizons.
Maloney admits that a few months ago, his recruiting took off faster than he had anticipated. Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Miami (Oh.), North Dakota, Ohio, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan have all extended Maloney a scholarship offer.
"I know that it's a good thing that I have offers from small MAC schools going to a Big Ten camp or ACC camp because they know that other DI college staffs have looked at my film," Maloney said. "I'm not going into any camp empty-handed."
So far, Maloney has visited Ball State, Ohio, Western Michigan and Toledo, but he wants to keep his horizons open.
"I enjoyed them all," Maloney said. "I don't have a favorite now. I don't have a top five or anything like that. I'm open to anything right now."
Maloney's Coach, Dave Inserra said coaches who came to see him were interested in his size and skill, but another attribute sets him apart.
"All of the coaches who have come to our school to watch Pat work out love his footwork, size and great attitude." Inserra said. "That is the one thing that sets Pat apart from most. His attitude is outstanding, the way he carries himself is unbelievable."
Maloney counts a comfort level with the coaching staff, a great education and the opportunity for playing time among his biggest deciding factors. He said his decision depends on how his camps and visits go this summer, and which schools are filling up.
"I know the offers don't stand forever," he said.