Three Visit Targets

Derrick Malone now favors Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington, and adds he also likes Oregon even though the Ducks haven't offered yet. Malone says he's close to setting up visits with the Sun Devils, Cornhuskers and Huskies. "I'm supposed to be talking to the coaches about that soon. I may be going to Washington on Nov. 28. That's the date we've talked about..."

Derrick Malone, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound three-star safety from Colton High School in Colton, Calif., says he's close to setting up visits with Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington.

"I'm supposed to be talking to the coaches about that soon," Malone said. "I may be going to Washington on Nov. 28. That's the date we've talked about."

Malone, ranked as the No. 63 safety in the country by Scout.com, now favors Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington, and adds he also likes Oregon even though the Ducks haven't offered yet.

"Oregon is still looking at me," he said. "I'd like to take a visit there. I've heard it's a real nice environment and that they have great facilities."

Malone hasn't been to any of his favorites yet.

"I want to make sure I take my visits," he said. "I want to be able to see myself living there for four years.

"I also want to go where I can play early and not redshirt," he said.

The school that has impressed Malone the most so far this season is Washington. "I love how they've turned it around," he said. "They are playing well and the whole program is just much stronger.

"They are improving and I feel like if I went there I could make an impact and be playing for a winning team," he said.

Malone's also been impressed by Nebraska's play this season.

"I've been trying to follow them," he said about the Huskers. "They are doing well.

"I like that they have great tradition and that they take pride in the program," Malone said. "I really want to go there and see how things are in person."

Malone says that the distance to Nebraska will not be a factor, but admits that Arizona State's closer proximity is a plus for the Sun Devils.

"It's nice that they aren't too far away," he said. "It seems like a strong program."

He is being recruited by Sun Devils safeties/recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick. "He's cool," he said. "We talk from time to time and he seems pretty trustworthy."

Malone says he also has offers from Washington State, UTEP, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah State and Idaho.

UCLA is also still recruiting Malone but like Oregon, hasn't offered. "They're still on me," he said. "They've invited me to their games and I think I'm gonna go to the Oregon game (on Oct. 10)."

Colton High School is 3-1 and besides playing safety, Malone also runs the ball. He has 40 carries for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively he's had around 30 tackles.

Malone plans on majoring in psychology and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1400 three-part SAT.


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