With eight scholarship offers already in hand, 2014 Station Camp High School (TN) WR Josh Malone is a playmaking pass catcher that colleges love because of his tremendous size (6'2, 190 pounds) and speed. What do recruiters like the most about him? "I know it's my speed and my burst off the ball," Malone told GoBlueWolverine. "They like my physical, physical stature, that I'm a tall wide receiver, but I also got speed. And they also like how I come off the ball and how I like to eat up the person's cushion when I run my route. I also believe they like the way I look in the ball because I always look the ball in before bringing it in."
After piling up 25 catches, 900 total yards and 15 total touchdowns in his sophomore campaign, Malone jumped onto the radar of the Michigan Wolverines and a scholarship offer followed shortly after.
"I called the coach, Coach Smith, and he told me that they were going to offer me after school," said Malone.
And his relationship with Michigan is progressing. "We talk once a week and we're starting to build a good relationship."
Although growing up and living down South, Malone has a great understanding of the Michigan football tradition and is very humbled by a Maize and Blue offer.
"It was exciting cause it's a very legendary program and the history that the school carries and all of the national championships and all of the wins they got," said Malone. "It's a very exciting chance, I mean it's a very exciting thing that a winning program wants you."
With a scholarship in hand from Michigan, offensive coordinator Al Borges made the trip to Tennessee to Malone's school recently, and he and the big wideout have already discussed over the phone how Malone could be used in the Big House.
"It was nice, because he's the offensive coordinator and he was telling me what they like to do—what they'll convert back to and what they were looking for," said Malone. "They told me how much of an asset I was for them in the recruiting process. It was nice to hear, definitely, from the coaches."
With many 2014 prospects packing up and hitting the road to visit college campuses, Malone plans on doing the same but isn't exactly sure where the GPS will take him just yet.
"I'm planning to go out for a couple of visits and visit the campuses and meet with coaches," said Malone of visits this summer. "We don't have any set dates."
Could Michigan be under consideration for one of the visits this summer?
"I'd probably say that I'm able going to make it up there this summer, but I just don't know when," Malone said.
Prior to hitting the open road, Malone and his family are well aware of what criteria each institution will need to meet in order to retrieve a commitment from the versatile receiver.
"I'd probably have to say the thing that's probably going to stand out to me the most is probably academics for the school, [then the] coaches, and then the offense."
'14 WR Malone Excited By Michigan Offer
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