After putting his talents on display in San Antonio, Texas, in early January, the Station Camp (Tenn.) High School standout earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"It means a lot," Malone said of his selection. "It's a great opportunity. It's just a chance to play with some of the better players in the nation. It's going to be one of those eye-opening experiences. I want to try to enjoy it as much as I can, and take as much from it as a I can to the next level."
The U.S. Army Combine itself didn't lend itself a terrific amount of skill refinement.
"I didn't learn that much," Malone said. "It was more just testing, and we did one-on-ones after that. So, there we didn't learn a lot."
Malone will follow in the footsteps of other Volunteer State products like Frank Herron, Christian Morris and Jalen Ramsey in the Texas-based event. He will be joined on the team by neighbor and four-star running back Jalen Hurd.
The notoriety isn't anything new on the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder. He admitted he's gotten used to being on the radar of competitors.
"I'm ready. I feel like I had a target on my back last year. So, I feel like I'm going to be under the same pressure as I was last year," the No. 22 wideout in the country said.
A vast number of BCS programs have already extended scholarship offers to Malone, including Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
While the Volunteers are the in-state school less than 3 hours to the east and he's been to Knoxville for several unofficial visits, they are by no means the favorite to get Malone's signature on a National Letter of Intent. He said he has not trimmed his list of schools to this point.
In 2012, Station Camp was eliminated from the TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs by Jalen Reeves-Maybin's Northeast team in the opening round, 34-14. The Bisons finished with a record of 5-6.
Malone's numbers his junior season include 28 receptions for 408 yards with five touchdowns.
He told InsideTennessee he plans to compete for the Station Camp track team, running not only in the individual sprinting events but also competing in the high jump and hurdles.