Michigan hosted 2014 Tennessee wide receiver Josh Malone for a Friday unofficial visit. For Malone, who received an offer from the Wolverines in May, his time up in Ann Arbor was a chance to build comfort with the coaching staff.
"I believe we got on campus around like 9, 9:30, 10 o'clock," Malone told GoBlueWolverine, "and the first thing we did was see Coach Smith. Coach Smith walked us around and we met all the coaches."
"It's a very down to earth coaching staff," said Malone. "They're truthful and they don't try to B.S. They all got one objective and that's to win. They're all very dedicated. And everything they've got set up at Michigan—they've got a nice layout with academics and athletics and what they can provide for you."
While head coach Brady Hoke wasn't able to be present for Malone's visit, the emerging pass catcher had an extended discussion with the man calling the shots on offense, offensive coordinator Al Borges.
"He was talking about how he could use me, and how Michigan can provide for me, and that they—what they're going to do with me," said Malone. "Basically the conversation with coach was how special I was to them, to the program at Michigan, and that they could really tell me how they could use me, and that they want me to be a part of the Michigan program."
Malone maintains a strong stance on the importance of academics in his decision, so it's no surprise what one of the more memorable experiences was for Malone while touring campus.
"When I was talking to the academic advisor, that was pretty special how they had the whole entire layout for a student athlete," said Malone.
So … with Malone having already taken visits to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Alabama, how does Friday's Michigan visit compare with the others?
"I'd say I'd have to rank it pretty high because it's a beautiful campus and the stadium was beautiful," said Malone.
This fall, Malone is planning a return trip to the Big House to meet Coach Hoke, and as it turns out the Southern playmaker already has a game in mind.
"I think we're planning to come back up for the Michigan State game," said Malone. "We're going to try to come up for that game."
Malone's junior season is right around the corner at Station Camp High School, and the 6'2, 190 pound wide out has big expectations heading into fall.
"Hopefully we can go deep in the playoffs and win the state championship, Malone said, "because we've got the talent and everybody's just working for that one goal. So it looks like we'll have a pretty good year and hopefully we can come out with the state championship."
UM Visit Receives High Marks From Josh Malone
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