Wide receiver Josh Malone
of Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp has become one of the hotter names on the camp circuit this spring, and his recent MVP performance at the Memphis NFTC earned him an invitation to The Opening this summer.
Malone visited Notre Dame
last fall for the Stanford game, and he was back on campus Saturday with his parents and sister for the Blue & Gold game.
"The visit went well," Malone said. "I got to talk with a lot of the coaches and the academic advisor. [Head coach] (Brian) Kelly, [offensive coordinator] (Chuck) Martin, [recruiting coordinator] (Tony) Alford, and [wide receivers coach] (Mike) Denbrock were all excited to see me and glad to have me up there."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver is coveted for his speed-to-size ratio and his ability to separate from defenders during route running.
"They [Notre Dame coaches] were saying they like my speed, route running, and how well I can catch," Malone said. "They plan to move me all around the field to get me into space and use me in a lot of different positions. They also like how I carry myself as a person."
Malone named two aspects of his visit that stood out most to him and his family.
"The coaches and the academic advisor are what stood out," Malone said. "It was really nice meeting him [academic advisor]. I want to major in business and he told me all that Notre Dame has to offer."
"The thing about Notre Dame is how much a degree would be worth from there," Malone said. "The academics really stand out."
After visits to Duke
, Notre Dame, South Carolina
, and Vanderbilt
this spring, Malone says he'll visit a few more places before the summer, but he hasn't nailed down which places just yet. He also plans to start trimming his list of over 30 offers in the near future.
"I plan to narrow my list probably before the summer or during the summer sometime," Malone said. "I know I need to do it kind of soon. I'll go from there and figure out where I want to take my official visits."
"How comfortable I feel on campus, if I get to play pretty early, and how I like the coaches and fit in with the players will matter," Malone said. "How I think a team can get me to the next level will factor in my decision too."
The Irish are in good position as Malone begins compiling his list.
"Notre Dame will make it," Malone said.
Malone is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 33 wide receiver in the 2014 class.
One of the most complete wide receivers in the South, Josh Malone of Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp, visited Notre Dame on Saturday. Malone talks about his plans going forward and what he likes about the Irish.
Four-star WR Josh Malone talks about his trip to Notre Dame for the Blue & Gold game.