On Thursday, Malleck's decision became a little more difficult. After spending the day at Rutgers and meeting with various members of the coaching staff, including Schiano, he said he will take more time before making a decision.
"It definitely makes my decision a lot harder now," Malleck said. "I'm going to have to sit down with my parents and go through a checklist, and see what are the perks and what I don't like about schools and go from there. I'm hoping I can do it in the next week or so."
Among the many highlights was Malleck's first extended face-to-face discussion with Schiano. "It went good," Malleck said. "Coach Schiano preaches about it being a family, and how everyone sticks together and there are no separate groups on the team. That's what I got out of talking to coach Schiano."
Although he plays mostly receiver, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Malleck is being recruited to play tight end for the Scarlet Knights. In a run-oriented offense, Malleck tallied 23 receptions for 500 yards and four scorers and also played safety as a junior.
Among the things that jumped out at Malleck during the visit was Rutgers' academic presentation, and the fact the football program is ranked No. 1 in APR (Academic Progress Rate).
"I didn't realize how good the academics are, and how well connected their alumni are there,'' Malleck said. "When you get out of school and if you're not in the NFL, you have so many opportunities to do whatever you want."
The Scarlet Knights also talked about how they would use the athletic, speedy Malleck in the offense.
"They said they would use me in as a tight end, put me in the backfield, motion me," Malleck said. "It would depend on what kind of play they were running."
Malleck also holds offers from Navy, Army, Central Florida, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia.