Bruins Watching Malone's Year

Colton (Calif.) safety Derrick Malone has 10 offers, but he is hoping UCLA will add to that total and the Bruins' staff has communicated to him they're watching the beginning of his senior year...

Colton (Calif.) two-way athlete Derrick Malone (6-2.5, 200), has double digit offers with his senior season now underway, but the dialogue he's had with several coaching staff indicated to him that more could be added.

"I have ten offers now, from Washington, Washington State, Nevada, UNLV, UTEP, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Nebraska and Arizona State," said Malone.

And three Pac-10 schools have talked to him, letting him know they're watching the first few games of his senior year.

"Oregon, Cal and UCLA have all talked to me and said they're going to watch me and want my film after my first few games, and they could be offering," said Malone.

Malone, who plays both running back and safety, said many schools like him as an athlete, while there are those who're recruiting him specifically as a safety.

"Some schools are recruiting me for both, but I like defense, and I think strong safety is where I'll play," said Malone.

Malone said since September 1st, he's talked with a handful of schools.

"Arizona State called, Oregon called, UCLA has called, Washington and Idaho have called and Nebraska has called," said Malone.

Malone said he's hoping to finalize the details for his first official visit.

"I'm going to set up one with Nebraska, for maybe later in the year," said Malone. "Me and Jonathan Mack are trying to go out there the same weekend."

Malone said he's favoring the schools that have offered, with no real leader emerging.

"Everyone is even right now," said Malone.

But Malone wouldn't mind if the in-state schools picked up their interest level and turned those into offers.

"I like UCLA, it's close to home, and I know people who go there," said Malone. "I played with Damien Holmes (two years ago). I'm going to try to get to one of their games."

Malone is starting both ways for Colton, who dropped their opener to Vista Murrieta. They face La Quinta this weekend.

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