Matthew Malouf sets up official with Ole Miss

Matthew Malouf (QB, Oxford, MS) - Matthew led Oxford High to its first undefeated regular season this past year. Now his focus has turned to where he will take his talents to on the next level.It looks like that decision will come down to Ole Miss and Memphis.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Matthew Malouf:

Talk about your senior season. "We did not accomplish our ultimate goal, which was to win the state championship, but we still accomplished a lot. I was glad to be a part of it."

What was Oxford's final record? "We went 13-1 and made it to the semifinals. We lost to West Point."

What did you improve on this year? "Just being more comfortable in the offense. The game slowed down for me. I learned how to read defenses a lot better."

What were your stats for the season? "I had 2, 234 passing yards and 27 TD's. I also had 674 rushing yards and 9 TD's."

Did you garner any awards? "I was named 4A Offensive Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, Oxford Eagle's Player of the Year, the Daily Journal's Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Year, and I made 1st Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger and MAC."

What do you attribute your success from? "I just give my dad and Coach Hill all of the credit. Coach Hill really helped me out a lot, coming from a small school. He helped me learn the game. I did not know much about reading defenses, and he taught me all of the finer parts of the game."

Which colleges are staying in contact with you? "Mainly Ole Miss, Memphis, and USM. Those are my only three offers. Ole Miss and Memphis are the ones who are staying in contact with me the most."

Have you set up your official visits? "I go to Memphis on January 7th and Ole Miss on January 14th."

Who is recruiting you for Ole Miss now? "It was Coach Deleone, but you know he left, so I hear it is going to be Coach Hughes now. But we are in a dead period, so I will not know until it is over."

Does it hurt Ole Miss with Coach Deleone leaving? "No, not at all."

I hear Ole Miss is now recruiting you as a QB and not as an athlete; is this correct? "Yes sir. Coach Orgeron said he changed his mind when he saw me play. He does not want me as an athlete anymore, he wants me at quarterback. That is what I want to be, a QB."

Does that change your feelings towards Ole Miss? "Yes sir, it did."

What stands out about Memphis right now? "I like Memphis' coaches a lot. I also like their offense."

Who recruits you for Memphis? "Coach Felton."

What stands out about Ole Miss? "Ole Miss is just an amazing school. It is a really nice university. Their football team might not be that good right now, but I think it is going to be. I just have a lot of ties with Ole Miss."

Does Memphis know about your ties to Ole Miss? "Yes sir, they knew my dad played there."

What is Memphis' recruiting strategy with this knowledge in hand? "They just tell me to go where I fit in the best. They obviously want me to go there, but they said if I do not want to be there, I do not need to come. They do not say anything about the ties I have with Ole Miss."

What will be the key factors in your decision? "First of all, their offensive system. I want to be able to fit in with what they are trying to do. I want to go to a good business school and a place where I can play QB. I am pretty happy about that."

Are you looking at the other QB prospects that each school is recruiting? "No, I am not really concerned about that. I just want a chance to play QB. I will have to compete ay any school. I just want a chance to contribute to the team."

Matthew recently scored a 21 on the ACT test.

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