Published December 3, 2013 - 4:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
Josh Malone appears to have this recruiting thing down pat.
The talented wide receiver out of Gallatin (Tenn.) took advantage of a NCAA rule that it is in its infancy and signed scholarship agreements with Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson–allowing the schools to recruit him more openly the last few weeks, while at the same time not binding him to any of the schools like with a letter of intent. The rule was enacted in October, and is meant to help high school players who plan to enroll early in January–sort of an early signing period with no consequences for the kid.
Malone, who is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports.com composite ranking, will announce his decision Wednesday at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and it will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. While he has taken official visits to Georgia and Clemson, along with Florida State and Ohio State, it has been thought all along that the Volunteers were the team to beat for his services. Georgia is probably next.
One interesting sidenote is that four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth dropped his commitment to Tennessee over the weekend. Sometimes, that can be the domino effect that shows somebody else is coming aboard soon, although Booth’s father said the reasoning was because the Volunteers’ staff had differing feelings about when Booth should enroll.
This year, Malone caught 71 passes for 1,404 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns. As a result, he took home Tennessee’s Class AAA Mr. Football Award.