Prior to committing to LSU, Cedar Creek School (Ruston, La.) standout Karl "KJ" Malone had offers from some of the nation's biggest football programs. The three-star offensive lineman settled on the instate Tigers relatively early on in the process when he gave the coaching staff his verbal commitment in February before his senior season. Originally listed at 6-4 285 pounds, Malone has added some weight and is now sitting at 6-4 305 pounds as he prepares to report to LSU in the next couple of weeks.
Throughout the process, one of the biggest concerns with Malone is where he would line up for the Tigers. As the time to report to LSU approaches quickly, Malone explained that the picture is now pretty clear as to where he will play along the offensive line in Baton Rouge.
"The coaching staff has plans to put me at center," Malone told TSD. "I think it would be a lot of fun to play center for LSU. It is almost like being a coach out there calling out cadences and things."
For a true freshman at a program like LSU's, it is extremely difficult for a first-year player to make a real impact along an offensive line. With this in mind, Malone isn't quite sure what the LSU coaching staff has planned for him, but he is prepared for anything.
"I'm going to work hard and try to get better," said Malone. "I feel like I will be a totally different player after a year in the system. I'll do whatever the coaches say, but redshirting doesn't really bother me at all. It will give me a chance to grow as a player."
While he obviously has plans for hard work once he is in Baton Rouge, Malone has also been working hard since signing with the Tigers in February. He has been going through LSU's offseason conditioning program in an attempt to be prepared for anything that will be thrown at him in the coming weeks.
"I've been doing the offseason conditioning stuff for LSU since signing day," said Malone. "They told us to just be ready and be in shape once I get there. I think I will be ready."
For Malone, there is more to the excitement of reporting to LSU than just playing football.
"I just can't wait to live on my own once I get to school," said Malone. "I'm ready to be around the football culture at LSU and be a part of the program. It feels like I've been waiting forever for this opportunity and it is finally here."
Malone won't exactly be living on his own once he arrives in Baton Rouge. The son of former NBA great Karl Malone will be rooming with three other members of LSU's 2013 signing class that he has already been able to build solid friendships with.
"I'm rooming with Hayden Rettig, Ethan Pocic and Andy Dodd," said Malone. "We are pretty much like brothers. We talk to each other all the time so it will be fun."
It is still very early and he isn't even on campus yet, but that hasn't stopped Malone from setting the bar very high for his goals this season.
"I think we are going to be in the National Championship this season," said Malone. "We have a really good team with a lot of young talent and I don't see a whole lot of people with the capability of beating us."
Signee Update: Karl "KJ" Malone
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