Top punter Malone verbals to USC

Trojans get verbal from Temescal Canyon HS punter Tom Malone

One of the first priorities for Pete Carroll when he came in as Trojan coach was to upgrade the special teams and he has received a verbal from the top punter on his wish list in Tom Malone from Temescal Canyon High School.

Malone visited the USC campus this past Friday and gave Carroll the news at a meeting in the coaches office. He is scheduled to graduate early in December with a 4.4 GPA and 1,200 SAT so that he may be eligible to participate in spring drills with the anticipated vacancy at the punter spot following the graduation of senior Mike MacGillivray. Malone is known for having an extremely strong leg and good foot speed and he averaged 42.5 yards per punt last season after missing the first five games of the year with a broken bone suffered in his non-kicking foot during August drills. He had surgery to install a two-inch screw in the foot and also wore a bone stimulator for a month to speed up the healing process but played the season with basically a broken plant foot.

The USC coaches were convinced that his injury was healed after viewing tape of a private workout this spring where he punted 30 balls with an average of 48 yards per kick and after Malone followed that up with an impressive performance at the skills camp last week the Trojans offered a scholarship. Ed Orgeron had been recruiting Tom since his sophomore year when the Trojans were scouting Nate Goodson and they love his athleticism. Tom set the school record in May in the 200 meters with a 22.37 time and at Stanford Nike Camp he ran the 40 in 4.50; the Shuttle in 4.15 and had a 35.4 vertical.

He chose the Trojans over Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Colorado, Alabama, Princeton and Harvard. Malone is currently in Sacramento for Boy's State but we will have a complete interview upon his return.

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