Minnesota Visits Maloney
Shawnee Mission (KS) West junior Andre Maloney is a big, athletic corner prospect from The Sunflower State. After a visit from defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel, Minnesota is in great position with the Vikings standout. "Coach Sawvel came by and talked to me," Maloney said of the Gopher assistant. "He talked about the school and the coaching staff, and about the opportunities I have at Minnesota." The 6-foot-2, 180-pound DB logged 42 tackles, 12 tipped passes, and 4 Interceptions in 2012, earning First Team All-Sunflower League honors in 2012. A playmaker on both sides of the ball, Maloney gained 828 yards of total offense, crossing the goal line 12 times last season. With his athleticism, the Gophers believe Maloney can be an impact player in the secondary. "Coach said they do a good job in developing players, and I could be a three-year starter. He likes me a lot at corner because I'm tall, have long arms, and can run. That's what they need." Minnesota has made a good impression on Maloney. The talented junior is looking forward to seeing Minneapolis for the first time. "I really like them," he said, enthusiastically. "I still have to make some visits, but they are top three right now. It's Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri, but this can all change once I make my official and unofficial visits." Maloney plans to visit each of his top three programs this summer, as well as several others that have discussed offering. "I'm not 100-percent sure if they will offer, but Northwestern, Iowa State, Nebraska, and Arkansas have been keeping in touch." As he continues through the recruiting process, Maloney has already identified what factors will play a role in his decision. "Right now, it's the coaching staff and distance. Also, the city and the fan base." The Vikings started their summer program this week, and Maloney is working hard to make his final season at West a memorable one. "My main goal is to repeat and win state again," he said. "I want to stay healthy and do better than last year."
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