A dancing bear? Ole Miss assistant heaps high praise on athletic DT Tywone Malone
Ole Miss picked up a huge commitment from a blue chip defensive tackle on Wednesday with a live announcement on ESPN2 from New Jersey’s Tywone Malone.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Bergen Catholic High School product is rated as the No. 1 overall prospect from New Jersey and the nation’s No. 6 defensive tackle in the 2021 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. His primary recruiter for Ole Miss was co-defensive coordinator Chris Partridge.
“To say he is a freak is an understatement,” Partridge said, per OM Spirit. “He’s going to play baseball here, he’s going to play football here. He’s one of the most athletic big men I’ve ever seen. He comes from a great program in northern New Jersey, Bergen Catholic High School. He’s like a dancing bear on his feet. He’s got strong hands. He’s already well over 300 pounds. Great length. He’s another guy who’s going to be very destructive inside for us. He’ll be a name to know in Oxford.”
At his announcement, Malone had hats on the table representing Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida State, Southern Cal and Rutgers.
In an interview on ESPN2, Malone, who plays first base, said being able to play baseball and football at Ole Miss was key in his decision.
Malone’s commitment moved the Rebels up one spot to No. 18 in the 247Sports national team recruiting rankings.
Here’s a look at his high school highlights from Hudl: