Published December 4, 2013 - 12:54pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
One of the nation’s top wide receivers is done with recruiting and will be on Tennessee’s campus by early January.
Josh Malone made it official on Wednesday on national television, choosing the Volunteers over Georgia and Clemson–giving the Vols clearly one of their top two recruits. He had signed scholarship agreements with all three schools, thanks to a new NCAA rule enacted in October–but the newly allowed agreement didn’t bind him to any one particular school. In the end, he chose to stay in-state. He did also take official visits to Ohio State and Florida State.
Malone is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver and is rated the No. 44 overall prospect in America, and is a four-star recruit. Of Tennessee’s 33 commitments, he is the No. 2 guy behind five-star running back/athlete Jalen Hurd, who occupies the No. 32 spot in the country. Hurd and Malone, who is out of Gallatin (Tenn.), are the top two prospects in the state of Tennessee, too–a key for coach Butch Jones.
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.
Tennessee’s 33 commitments give it the biggest class in the BCS. And it’s pickup of Malone will likely push it back into the nation’s No. 2 spot in the rankings behind Alabama’s stellar class.
Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.