When we last spoke to defensive back prospect Derrick Malone over
the summer, the 6-foot-2 and 195-pound safety with 4.5 speed had just
recently received his offer from Nebraska. Since then a few other
offers have trickled in.
"Yeah, I think I am up to nine now. I have UTEP, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington State, Utah, Arizona State, Washington and Nebraska."
And with his senior season set to kickoff tomorrow night, against a tough opponent that beat his Colton squad 15-14 last year, Derrick says he is eager for retribution.
"Game time is almost here, we have our first game this Friday (9/11) against Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA.). They got us last year by one point, that game came down to the end. We lost that thing in the last two minutes, this year we need to finish. Honestly, I think we might blow them out. I feel pretty good about our team this year, we just seem more focused.
"I'll be playing the whole game at running back and safety, I'm ready to go right now."
I remember last time you and I talked, you said Washington was your leader. Has anything changed, are they still the team to beat?
"I'm still open to everyone that has offered, but if I had to pick the schools I'm really, really interested in, it would be Nebraska and Washington. I feel good about both those programs right now."
Why Nebraska and Washington, what has piqued your interest in those two?
"I just like both those schools and I think I would fit in well at either one. I get a lot of mail from Washington, and Nebraska has started sending me more and more. Most of it has been coming from Carl Pelini from Nebraska, and I get all kinds of mail from the coaches at Washington too. I probably get the most letters from those two."
Have any other schools started to show you more attention?
"Yeah, Arizona has started sending me a lot of mail lately, they sound like they will offer sooner or later. Oregon has said they will offer after they see a couple more of my games. California and UCLA both said if I do well this year they will offer too."
Have you set up any of your officials yet?
"Not yet, but I plan to set one up to Nebraska pretty soon. Me and J-Mac (teammate Jonathan Mack) are looking to get out there at the same time. Our parents have been talking back and forth trying to figure out which weekend to come.
"It will be me, my mom, my stepdad, J-Mac and his mom. We just have to get the exact date set. But I know I want to visit Nebraska and Washington for sure."
Derrick was then asked about a timeframe for his commitment.
"I don't really have one to be honest, if I like what I see on a visit I might commit. I would like to at least take a couple (visits) so I can see what is going on at each school before I decide. I really feel I need to see everything in person, the campus, the coaches, the players, before I commit."
His teammate cornerback Jonathan Mack, who also carries an offer from Nebraska, hasn't set up any officials to date either. As those visits get finalized, Big Red Report will bring you the latest. And even though both players have stated playing together in college is something they would like to pursue, it won't be the determining factor said Derrick "I want to play with him on the next level, but we have to do what is best for ourselves and our family". When asked if he caught any of the Nebraska game this past weekend he said "No, but I saw some highlights and the final score. They put the beat down on that team".