Five-star WR Josh Malone picks Tennessee over Clemson

Tigers made strong push for state of Tennessee's top 2014 prospect

Josh Malone (GoVolsXtra.com photo)

Josh Malone (GoVolsXtra.com photo)

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has gained another high-profile brick for which to build Team 118.

Josh Malone of Station Camp High School in Gallatin (rated as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports and in the 247Composite, but as a 5-star by Rivals) gave his verbal commitment to the Vols on Wednesday afternoon, picking Tennessee during a ceremony at his high school and on national television on NBC Sports Network.

Malone began his press conference by reading from a prepared statement, thanking God "for the ability to play football," his family for its support, coaches in the recruiting process and all of his Station Camp teammates and coaches. After taking a deep breath, he uttered the words Tennessee fans have been waiting to hear.

"Finally, after several family discussions and hours of prayer, I have decided to play football for the University of Tennessee," he said.

Malone, who won the Class AAA Mr. Football Back award on Monday, is ranked as the No. 44 overall player in the nation (the No. 5 wide receiver) by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He chose Tennessee over Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State.

"I chose Tennessee just because I felt like I had a better opportunity there," Malone said on The Sports Dash broadcast.

Malone, who is 6-foot-2.5 and 190 pounds, finished this past season with 71 receptions for 1,404 yards and 19 receiving touchdowns. He also had 23 rushes for 227 yards and three scores to lead Station Camp to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

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Kendall writes:

This would've been a huge gain for the 2014 class. It's a shame he's going there..

clemvol writes:

At least he will be in Orange.

33dtb writes:

worried about our O-Line and QB having time to throw?

clemvol writes:

I believe the 5th straight loss to your rival ( and yes it is the most important game you will ever play ) will have a long arm effect on recruits that have committed and on the recruits you are still trying to get.I think the next "pun" to be invented for a team will be " they have just daboed ". It may take a while for some folks in the fan base to come to the realization just how bad a 5th loss to the coots really was. I am still p_ _ _ ed off and will not get over this and will not accept this for the money that is being paid.

essoclub writes:

The new "Pink Hat Clemson fan base" seem perfectly fine with beating up on the likes of Wake, GT, the Citadel, S. C. State, etc., while getting housed by S. Carolina and FSU. The real question is this: What will Tiger Nation do when Clemson potentially loses a 6th straight game to S. Carolina, a 3rd straight game to FSU and also slips up by losing two games in conference? Let me guess - nothing. Our football program's motto should be, "the relentless pursuit of mediocrity".

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