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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Watch List WR Josh Malone looking north

By Dave Hooker

With recent SEC evaluations complete, it's time for Josh Malone to look north.

The ESPN 300 Watch List receiver from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp will visit Notre Dame for the Stanford game and Ohio State for the Michigan game on Nov. 24. Notre Dame has yet to offer Malone a scholarship, but that doesn't seem to be an issue.

Malone said he's fond of the Fighting Irish's tradition. He's also fond of former Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown.

“They love to throw the ball up there so an offer would be highly considered,” Malone said, referring to head coach Brian Kelly's offense.

When asked what an offer to Notre Dame would mean, Malone said, “It would mean a lot because it's a great program.”

Ohio State has indeed offered Malone a scholarship. So has Michigan. That means Malone will get to take a look at both schools when he makes the trip to Columbus for the annual rivalry.

Alabama also figures to be a significant player in Malone's recruitment. He was plenty impressed with his visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend.

“I thought it was a good visit,” the 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect said. “I saw what college football is like on Saturday. I saw how pre-game went and how they carried themselves.”

A highlight of the trip came when Malone met with Bama's trio of coaches who are recruiting him: linebackers coach Lance Thompson, receivers coach Mike Groh and head coach Nick Saban.

“I think they're good coaches,” Malone said. “I believe they prepare their players for the NFL and prepare them for success. I think they're remarkable coaches. They've got some rings under their belt so they're doing something right down there.”

Alabama's coaches, especially Saban, are known for their business-like approach leading their team. That's just fine by Malone.

“I would say it's a serious place,” Malone said. “You have to go down there willing to work and just be ready to be the best or you're just going to fall behind. That's the type of attitude they take. Their attitude is 'We're going to give you the resources and the knowledge. It's what you do with it.' ”

Malone said he's not planning on visiting any school this weekend.

Before Alabama, his last trip was to Tennessee for the Florida game.

“Their still coming after me pretty strong,” Malone said of the Volunteers.

So are several schools.