Keiwone Malone, 6-1, 165 pound wide receiver from Memphis-Mitchell is excited about his team's win over Nashville-David Lipscomb in the semi finals. He said of their semifinal win, "It was a great win because Mitchell has never beat David Lipscomb." With the victory Memphis-Mitchell moves into the class 3A title game against the Irish from Knoxville-Catholic.
As for his performance in the semi final game he commented, "I feel like I can do better. I was expecting double coverage, but it was a zone. They played good defense on, but I should have done better." Malone hauled in six catches for 89 yards and one touchdown.
Malone and his teammates are excited for their Saturday afternoon match up. He said of his team, "We are going in there with our heads held high and play the game we play. I can't predict the future, but hopefully we will come out on top." He said of the week of practice, "We have all been focused and everyone has been practicing hard."
Since his sophomore year Malone has been garnering interest from some of the best programs in the country. With his performance as a junior the interest from schools should only pick up. He commented, "Georgia came and visited me yesterday." As for his impressions of the Bulldogs he commented, "I was happy because they are my second choice. My first is Miami."
The Hurricanes are top on his list, but have not joined the race yet. Malone said, "They have not offered me yet, but they came to see me play last year." He went on to say of his offers, "I have offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina and Auburn."
The winter should be busy for Malone as he will take in a few visits. "I am going to take a visit to Ole Miss and then I am going to visit Georgia." explained Malone. As far as making his commitment early he explained, "I think I will wait my time and see how everything falls into place."
Fans will be able to tune into the 3A state championship game to see what makes Malone such a special prospect. As for his team they should provide some fireworks with top prospects like linebacker Andrew Franklin, quarterback Robert Redmond, and running back Artaves Gibson. He explained what his team needed to do in order to win by saying, "Our offense can't put our defense in a bad situation. We can't have turnovers and we have to be disciplined."
The ground game has been potent for Mitchell as well as their passing game. Although they started the season 0-4 they have rebounded with ten straight wins. As for Mitchell they should provide some fireworks with top prospects like linebacker Andrew Franklin, quarterback Robert Redmond, and running back Artaves Gibson. Malone said of their offensive attack, "If you try to take away our running game then we are going to pass the ball. If you take away our passing game then we are going to run the ball."