Malone adds Husker offer to the list

One of the focal points for Husker recruiting over the years has been the state of California. In the last few days another offer from Nebraska went out to a versatile athlete from the Golden State. In this latest update, he goes in-depth with Big Red Report and names an early leader.

At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Derrick Malone plays in the secondary and brings size to the safety position. He also doubles as a running back for Colton high school in Colton (Calif.). Derrick said he doesn't really have a favorite position, and even college coaches have different opinions as to where he should line up.

"A lot of the schools I've been talking to are talking about safety, but there are a bunch that like me at running back too, some have said they want to just bring me in as an athlete. I'm not really sure, most of them say we will talk more about it when I come on a visit."

Have the Huskers expressed what position they like you at, and do you have a preference?

"I'm pretty sure it's defense with Nebraska. Safety, they like the way I hit. I don't really know what position I want to play in college yet. It's hard to say which one I prefer because I like both, but I really like defense because I get to hit people, oh I love it."

When did the offer from Nebraska come?

"I think it was the defensive coordinator from Nebraska, he came by our school last week and watched our tapes first then watched us practice. He couldn't really talk to us, but we knew he was there. He told our coaches he was going to watch more of our film, and then a few days later I had the offer. It came in the mail about six days later. I was happy to get the offer, it's a good school."

So far Derrick claims offers from five schools, but others remain in close contact.

"Right now I'm holding offers from Arizona State, Washington, Nevada, UTEP and Nebraska. I'm hearing a lot from some other schools around here too, but no other offers yet."

Do you have a leader at this point in the process?

"I'm not really leaning towards anybody, but if it's anybody it's Washington because they've shown me the most love to this point. You could say they're number one right now. They treat me like family, and they were my first offer. They've been recruiting me for awhile."

Growing up on the west coast, Derrick said he rooted for a Pac 10 program, but also said he's not a lock if they decide to get in the mix.

"When I was young I pulled for California, they were the team I liked to watch on television. But I wouldn't just commit if they offered, I still want to see some of these other schools. I'm going to stay really open-minded about this.

"The thing is, it's about the kind of education I can get. I want to see how I feel around the players, coaches, campus and just all that stuff. I need to take some official visits before I pick. I'm looking to commit after my senior season, around December."

Derrick was given the nickname "superstar" by his teammates for his ability to make the big play when needed. He said he doesn't know a lot about Nebraska at this point but looks forward to doing some research on the internet this weekend and talking to the coaches, and he also stated "leaving California for school is not a problem". Derrick's teammate, cornerback/safety prospect Jonathan Mack, also received an offer from Nebraska shortly after Derrick. Stay with Big Red Report as we track down Jonathan to get his thoughts on the Huskers.

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