Derrick Malone, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound three-star safety from Colton High School in Colton, Calif., already has 10 scholarship offers but says he's holding out for some more before he pulls the trigger.
"Everyone is pretty even right now because I want to wait and see what happens during my season," Malone said. "I know some schools are waiting to evaluate me during my senior year and I'm gonna wait and see who else offers."
"I think UCLA is probably close to offering," he said. "They seem to like me and said they want to see me play this season.
"I really like everything about UCLA," Malone said. "It's a rebuilding team and I think the coaches are doing a great job."
Despite his proximity to the Bruins, Malone says he grew up following Cal. "I always liked their uniforms," he said. "Plus, I liked how they played. They were always fun to watch and would run a lot of reverses and fun plays. Oregon was like that too.
"I think Oregon wants to see me some more and get to know me better," he said. "They said they'd evaluate me again after the first three games of the season."
Malone, ranked as the No. 57 safety in the country by Scout.com, attended a USC camp during the spring but says the Trojans are not recruiting him.
"I want a program where I can get a good education," he said. "The other things I'm looking for are a good location, early playing time and great coaches and players.
"I don't care about staying close," Malone said. "I just want to feel comfortable where I am.
"I like coaches that are more encouraging," he said. "I don't really like the cussing-type coaches."
He says this summer he'll try to visit Arizona State and UNLV. "They aren't too far away so I should be able to make it out there," he said.
"I really like the program at Arizona State," he said. "They have great coaches and I think they'll be a top team again. They always seem to be pretty good."
The school that is recruiting Malone the hardest is Washington. "They were my first offer (in February)," he said. "And I definitely want to take an official visit there. I've heard the location is great. It's really nice and green up there.
"The coaches seem to be very honest and direct with me," Malone said. "I like that they are a rising team and are rebuilding. I've heard they are practicing a lot harder than ever.
"I'd probably have a good chance to play there and really make an impact," he said of the Huskies.
Another school that Malone may be taking an official visit to is Nebraska. "I've heard about what it's like over there," he said. "The atmosphere is amazing. It's a college town and they don't have an NFL team so the college football is their NFL.
"It's pretty cool because the players are like celebrities there," he said. "That would be fun."
Malone also runs track and may do both sports in college. He runs the 100m (10.9), 200m (22.0) and the 400m (49.0).
He finished his junior season with 1,200 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on offense. Malone also had 60 tackles.
"I know my surroundings," he said. "I know where people are supposed to go and have great field awareness. I'm also very physical and tackle hard."
He says he can bench 375-pounds, squat 485 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.
"I want to improve my footwork and my man coverage," he said. "I'd like to be quicker to the ball."
Malone plans on majoring in psychology and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1400 three-part SAT.