Malcom Rawls Enjoying Camp

Everyone knows that Memphis is the "Home of the King." Memphis, however, is also the home of a king-sized offensive lineman by the name of Malcom Rawls - - and one of the best stories of this recruiting season. I was able to contact Malcom at a camp - - you guess where…

Malcom wasn't camping at Florida State, or Tennessee, or Georgia, Nebraska, or Notre Dame. In fact, the only football camp Malcom has been able to attend this season was at Memphis State University. Why? Because for the past six weeks, Malcom Lewis has been at the MS*2 Camp in Andover, Massachussetts. No, not MLS Camp, or the Nike Combine, or even Michigan State. MS*2, as in "MS Squared" is an academic camp - - concentrating on Math and Science - - for minority students. This summer, Malcom has been taking classes on calculus and physics instead of doing pass blocking drills and agility tests. Malcom was nominated for the camp by his engineering instructor at East High School, and went through a testing an interview process in order to be awarded the opportunity to attend the camp. That process took place three years ago, and Malcom has been attending the camp each summer since his freshman year.

Malcom, the only junior named to the Tennessee AAAA All-State team last year, stands 6-5, and weighs in at 300 pounds. Named also to the All-City, All-County, All-Conference, and to ESPN's list of the nation's top offensive line prospects, Malcom runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has some other impressive numbers as well... starting with his GPA of 4.6 on a 4.8 scale, and an ACT score of 27. Schools including Stanford, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and Memphis have all offered scholarships, and with Malcom's unique combination of brains and brawn, more offers are sure to follow.

At this point, Stanford and Tennessee top Malcom's list. Growing up in Tennessee, Malcom has long been a Volunteer fan. Stanford's academic reputation has him interested in the Cardinal, and it is obvious that Malcom is keeping an open mind to other teams as well. Asked if he were forced to make a decision today on a school to commit to, Malcom indicated that he would be unable to decide until he had taken his visits and weighed what each school has to offer. In the meantime, Malcom has been working hard this spring on his footwork and agility

One school that appears to be gaining in favor with Malcom is the University of Nebraska, thanks in part to the efforts of new Husker running backs coach Randy Jordan. The Huskers, according to Malcom, are "definitely moving in a positive direction with Coach Callahan, and offer a great deal of prestige, coaching ability, and the opportunity to learn NFL terms and systems in preparation for the next level." Malcom added that Nebraska, "Always has a great team, and are in a great conference." The Huskers are definitely one of his "primary considerations right now, and with the ability of Coach Callahan, and with their legacy as a program," they are receiving strong consideration for one of his five official visits.


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