During a Tuesday conversation with Walt Bell, who recruits Tennessee for UNC, Malone learned that UNC was putting an offer on the table. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp has now received 11 offers, including tenders from Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee.
Following UNC's 43-35 victory on Saturday, Malone conversed with both Bell and Gunter Brewer, the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach.
"My parents were there, so they were trying to get to know them," Malone said. "And then we were just talking about the offense and the previous players they had coached. Coach Brewer mentioned [having coached] Randy Moss, Justin Blackmon, and Dez Bryant."
Malone left Chapel Hill on Saturday with a favorable opinion of UNC.
"I thought it was a good school," Malone said. "They have a great offense. I just want to keep watching them and see what they are doing in the future."
Besides UNC, Malone has visited Alabama, Louisville, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He'll visit Western Kentucky on Thursday for the Middle Tennessee game and then Georgia on Saturday for its contest against Mississippi.
Malone's travels haven't resulted in a list of favorite schools.
"There's really no schools sticking out at this point right now," Malone said.
A couple months following his junior football season, which enters the postseason Friday with a first round matchup against Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast, Malone will name a group of favorites.
Speaking of his junior season, while facing double- and triple-teams all year long, Malone has pulled in 26 receptions for 390 yards and five scores. He also plays defensive back where he has 30 tackles, and returns punts (9.27-yard average) and kickoffs (44.75-yard average).