Malone becoming a hot commodity
Coming off a strong performance at the Memphis NFTC last weekend that earned him a coveted invitation to The Opening in Oregon this summer, wide receiver Josh Malone is set to visit Notre Dame this weekend for the spring game. Malone's head coach at Station Camp (Gallatin, Tenn.), Shaun Hollinsworth, spoke with IrishEyes.com about his 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide out. "He's a player that's got a lot of God-given talent," Hollinsworth said. "He definitely has the skills to make it big. He runs his routes so well and they're just so crisp. He's sharp, explosive, and he's got as much top-end speed as anyone." Malone clocked a 4.5 forty-yard dash in Memphis. "For us, he plays outside and inside, "Hollinsworth said. "We move him around a lot to get different looks." Malone recently visited Vanderbilt, and he's also seen much of the South this spring, including Duke, Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. "I think he's open to anywhere, honestly," Hollinsworth said. "I don't talk to him too much about specific schools, but I do tell him the most important thing he needs to look for is a good education. He's a great kid, and you'll never have any character issues with Josh." Hollinsworth says Notre Dame's interest in Malone is high. "Notre Dame is recruiting him as hard as anyone else," Hollinsworth said. "Like any prospect being recruited by Notre Dame, he likes the tradition and aura that surrounds Notre Dame. That's intriguing to anybody. And of course, the education he would get there is something to consider." As far as making a final decision, Malone doesn't have a specific timetable. "He hasn't really said anything to anyone about when he would like to make a decision, but I don't think it will be soon," Hollinsworth said. "I've told him that need should probably narrow things down this summer, so he has a good idea of where things stand entering the season so he doesn't let recruitment become a distraction during his senior year." Malone is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 33 wide receiver in the 2014 class. Here's an evaluation of Malone from Scout's Chad Simmons and NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks after seeing Malone play live this weekend in Memphis: "Josh is a big and fluid athlete," wide receivers coach and NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks told Scout. "You do not find guys with his size with the ability to run routes. He runs good routes and he has great hands. He has some of the best hands I have seen. "He just continues to get better and better. I saw him at this time last year and now seeing the improvement he has made shows me something. He is a hard worker and he is a big-time player. I think he is going to be a big-time player on the next level no matter where he goes." Brooks has already worked with talented wideouts in California, Florida, Georgia,North Carolina, and Texas, so he has seen his share of talent in 2013. Malone could be one of the best. "He would be right in the mix with the best of them without question. When you look at overall combination of size, speed, hands, and his ability to run routes, he may be the best I have seen so far. He does most of the things you look for in a receiver very well." The four-star like all, still has some room to improve too. "It is all about the detail for Malone now," Brooks said. "He is a bigger guy, so it is harder for those guys to get in and out of their breaks, so as he continues to refine that part of his game, he will be even better. Getting out of his breaks and separating from press coverage are two things he can get better at."
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