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Five-star WR Josh Malone to make choice live Wed. on NBCSN/Rivals

Josh Malone

One of the most sought-after skill players in the Class of 2014 will hand one fan base an early Christmas present Wednesday.

At noon ET tomorrow on the NBC Sports Network’s SportsDash show as well as on or in the embedded feed below, five-star wide receiver Josh Malone will announce to where he will verbally commit to play his college football beginning next year.  The Gallatin, Tenn., high schooler’s final three consists of Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee.  Florida State and Ohio State had been in the player’s Top Five as recently as this month for the former and this summer for the latter.

Because of recent changes in NCAA recruiting regulations, Malone has already signed financial aid agreements with Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee.  Signing a financial aid agreement with a school — or schools in Malone’s case — does not bind a student-athlete to a particular institution, but does mean the institution must provide the player with a scholarship if he ultimately signs a National Letter of Intent.

The 6-3, 195-pound receiver is rated as the No. 3 player at his position in the country and the No. 20 player at any position in next year’s class.  He’s also the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee.

It’s unclear if any of his three finalists have an edge over the others as each offers the player something unique, as Woody Wommack of Rivals writes:

As far as his leader, things changed several times in the fall. An opening week visit to Clemson opened his eyes to what the Tigers had to offer, family ties to Georgia gave the Dawgs a fighting chance, and the chance to play close to home and be a “Vol for life” appealed to Malone and his family. 

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11 Responses to “Five-star WR Josh Malone to make choice live Wed. on NBCSN/Rivals”
  1. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 3:08 PM

    That Jimbo Fisher has creeped FSU into this conversation this late makes me pretty confident he’ll be smiling tomorrow. He rarely loses a recruit when he gets into that final conversation.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:09 PM

    I saw Jimbo was after him about a week ago. With his on-field production and reputation as a closer, this Malone has a tough decision. Remember, Shaw is gone after this year, and Greene and Benjamin likely after next, can become “The Man” after one season…

  3. noaxetogrind says: Dec 3, 2013 3:27 PM

    No dog in the hunt and am all for him going to FSU but I am big on reading comprehension……”final three consists of Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. Florida State had been in the top 5″. Deduce as you will but my money is one of the three the kid himself listed.

  4. imaduffer says: Dec 3, 2013 3:28 PM

    I’ll be at the grocery store on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PST to pick paper or plastic. Tune in via turd cam to see ME make my choice.

  5. woebegong says: Dec 3, 2013 3:36 PM

    I would wager a bet, that he will change his mind and switch, even after he verbally commits either way. Kids these days don’t value a commitment much, even when they make it.

  6. jhagman99 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Just check and see if the kid’s high school coach is driving a new BMW. If so, you can bet that Dabo’s check cleared.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:05 PM

    jhagman99 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Just check and see if the kid’s high school coach is driving a new BMW. If so, you can bet that Dabo’s check cleared.


  8. ajarkoski says: Dec 3, 2013 6:05 PM

    FSU is out as the kid made his cuts. But as someone said, I wouldn’t mind if I was runner up as kids make quick transfer decisions these days. A few end up being at three or more schools!

  9. tonyricemajorharris says: Dec 3, 2013 6:24 PM

    It’s sad recruits get the publicity they do…

  10. kitnamania13 says: Dec 3, 2013 8:11 PM

    I think we all miss Willie Williams. recruiting just isn’t the same these days.

  11. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 10:32 PM


    Why is it sad? No one is making ESPN or NBC Sports cover his decision. Furthermore, I want to know who will be watching. Most of us have jobs and lives. They’re the ones who want to fill content on another superfluous channel that probably shouldn’t exist because there’s only so much quality sports to go around. It’s like I’ve said in the past to the people who hate this part of college football as well as the paying players argument; make it truly amateur sports then with none of these billion dollar contracts and networks covering the sport. Until then, everyone should stfu if you enjoy watching it and these grown men and women in athletic departments and the NCAA hierarchy enjoy making very good livings from it.

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