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Vols continue torrid recruiting streak, landing four-star WR Malone

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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 composite ranking.

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Comments 16

  1. JOSH MALONE – You are now and forever a VOL FOR LIFE!!!!!! We Love You!

  2. 5-Star on Rivals

  3. Malone, Pearson and North. Three great WRs. Now, who’s going to be feeding them footballs? Is Josh Dobbs the future? It’s not Worley. Maybe it’s Ferguson?

    • They could probably put a chimp back there to throw to those receivers. They’d only have to worry about whether it’s throwing a football or…well, you know what else chimps are known to throw.

  4. The over signing continues on Rocky Top. Page right out of Saban’s playbook. Butch Davis will be handing out grey-shirts left and right……

  5. Malone is a good kid from everything I’ve seen. I hope he does fantastic with the exception of one game a year.

  6. Chris stasiak is jealous

    • No, just a funky internet connection in Afghanistan……kid stayed in-state. No harm there. I just am curious why he would (legally) sign Financial letters with three schools if he knew where he was going UNLESS he was worried someone wouldn’t live up to their word.

      • Hey Chris — I think you answered your own question, and correctly I might add That’s exactly why he signed them. I guess it’s a “no harm” thing for him. I’ll also say this — kids on this level really, usually, have nothing to worry about as far as a school yankin’ a scholie out from under him. That might happen to a 3-star left guard who is 3rd on the want-chart, but not a kid like this, you know?

  7. Another big brick for Butch to build with