Loss or not, Josh Malone saw enough of Tennessee to know he'll make a return visit.
The receiver from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp said he'll make a return trip to Knoxville to see the Vols play this season. Malone was on hand last Saturday as Tennessee lost to Florida 37-20. Despite the defeat, Malone came away impressed the vibe on campus.
“Great college atmosphere,” Malone said. “It's really an eye-opening place.”
Malone knows Knoxville well. He's been there before. Last week, however, was the first time he attended a game in Neyland Stadium.
When asked what stood out, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Malone said "How dedicated the fans were. How the place gets real loud. The players feed off the crowd.”
Malone said it was important that the Vols continue to improve to stay in the hunt for him. That's understandable after the Florida loss and two consecutive losing seasons.
“It means a lot because right now I'm just looking at a lot of schools, seeing what they can prove offensively for me, seeing which scheme I could fit in best and to see which one I could see myself exccelling in. That's what I'm looking at,” he said.
Malone said his high school offense is a pro spread. He'd like to find a simliar offense in college.
Malone's most recent offer came from Baylor. He also has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska. Nearby Vanderbilt is certainly in the hunt. Malone has been to Vanderbilt Stadium to watch the Commodores play.
“I think that's a good school,” Malone said. “When I went to go watch them play, they're playing with a little more intensity and playing with a little more confidence. If they can keep up the pace, it looks like they might be turning the corner soon. I want to see what they're doing.”
Malone said he plans to visit a couple of more campuses this fall to check out prospective schools but, other than Tennessee, he said he wasn't sure where he'll go. Malone is considering several other schools, including Alabama and LSU.