Dawgs make strong first impression

Josh Malone received an offer from Georgia back in May and he and his parents visited Athens on June 1. The four-star wideout left with a big smile on his face. Get the latest here...

"It was my first time in Athens, Ga. and the University of Georgia is a very good place. I liked it, my parents liked it, and I left there happy and with a big smile," Josh Malone told Scout Saturday evening.

The Scout 300 wide receiver out of Station Camp (Tenn.) saw a lot of things he liked in Athens.

"I really got to see about everything there. I hung out with the coaches, I spent time with players, I met some professors, and I got a feel for the environment.

"The academics there really impressed me, Georgia is excellent in that area. I also liked the family vibe there. The coaches were great with me and my parents, hanging out with Chris Conley was great, and I liked my time a lot."

Athens is now a place Malone could see himself living after he finishes high school.

"My interest in Georgia is very high now. I just had a great visit there. Coach [Tony] Ball showed me how I could fit in as a wide receiver, how I would be moved around and learn the entire playbook, and he and Coach [Mark] Richt talked about making their players into men - I liked that a lot. Georgia is a great school, me and my parents like it a lot, and they impressed me a lot."

Ball and Malone have connected well and Richt is the kind of head coach he'd like to play for. Malone still has not made a list of schools yet, but he will do so by the end of summer. He will be participating in The Opening later this month out in Oregon, but he will get some other visits in too. Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee are schools he mentioned as possible schools he'd visit.

UGA made a strong impression and they will be under strong consideration as he makes his cut in the coming months.

"I just like the environment there. It is easy for me to fit in there with the players and the coaches, so it is a place I could really see myself in a few years," said the talented wideout.

Malone is the No. 20 receiver in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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