Malone felt the love in Athens

One of the top juniors in Tennessee visited Athens Saturday and he talks his visit inside.

Top recruits get a feel for just how much schools are interested in them when they take visits to their school. Do coaches talk to them, do coaches invite them back for a second visit, and do they get one on one time with the head coach? Those are all signs that a school really likes a recruit and Keiwone Malone got that from UGA on Saturday.

"I got a lot of attention, Georgia was showing me a lot of love, and it felt good," said Malone. "I met Coach [Tony] Ball (wide receivers coach), Coach [Mike] Bobo (offensive coordinator) recognized me from when he saw me at my school a while back, and I talked one on one with Mark Richt."

"As soon as the coaches saw my name tag, they all came to shake my hand, they all were stopping by to invite me back to their next Junior Day, and they were just showing me a lot of attention. I really liked the coaches there, they were nice."

His time with Coach Ball and Coach Bobo was short, but he had a nice meeting with Georgia's Head Coach.

"Coach Richt talked to me for a while and we had a good talk. He had a lot of positive things to say about Georgia and about their interest in me, but the thing that stuck out to me was that he is not just about football. He wants the players that come to Georgia to be great men too. That is something that really stood out to me. He made a good first impression on me."

Duke, Oregon, North Carolina, and Tennessee have offered the 6-foot-1, 165 pound receiver out of Memphis (TN), but the Dawgs still have not. Does no offer affect his interest in UGA?

"I have to say that I have high interest in Georgia right now. I got a good vibe from them and I think they are going to offer me. I got to see how things work at Georgia, I saw a lot of what they have to offer, and I really like it there. I have a lot of interest in them."

One thing really stood out to the Tennessee junior after the visit was complete. He spent hours in Athens and toured the campus, met the coaches, and saw what UGA was all about, so what was the highlight of the visit?

"When I walked out on the field inside the stadium and they played the highlight film," answered Malone. "The stadium is big, the field is nice, and I just pictured myself running for a touchdown and the crowd screaming for me. It was an awesome thought."

Malone has listed Miami and Georgia as his leaders in the past, but he says he is open to all at this time.

As a junior at Mitchell Road High School, Malone caught 76 passes for 1,438 yards, and he scored 19 touchdowns.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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