Colton, Calif., high school is going to have their best group of prospects since Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright signed with USC and Jimmy Smith inked with Colorado. Needless to say when you have a class that compares to that one, you can rest assured that Colton is going to be a very busy place when April rolls around and colleges show up on high school campuses across the country.
One of Colton's headliners this spring will be running back/athlete Derrick Malone (6-2, 205, 4.5). He already has an offer from Washington and the word is USC, Oregon and Cal could soon follow suit.
UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State are also very interested in Malone.
Colton head coach Harold Strauss had the following to say about his talented football player.
"Derrick could end up as a safety on the collegiate level," Strauss said. "Washington offered him as an athlete. They just want to get him there and see where he will help out the team most."
"Derrick is very explosive and physical," Strauss said. "One thing all the schools like about Derrick is he has no fear."
"Derrick has great instincts when he plays safety and has a running back, he's the complete package," Strauss said. "He has incredible versatility and that is another thing that is attracting colleges. He could play in a single back offense, play in the slot or safety."
"From his safety position he comes up and nails receivers," Strauss said. "He hit some of our highly rated wide receivers that played and just eliminated them."
Malone also runs the 400, the 4x4 and is thinking about adding the 100 to his resume.
In the weight room, Malone's current bench is 335, he squats an impressive 485 and power cleans 300.
When he hits the camp circuit there is a very chance that he will attend the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles. He may attend Cal and possibly Oregon's camp. He may also attend USC's Rising Stars camp.
Malone earned all-league, all-CIF, and all-county offers as a junior after rushing for 1,263 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Malone racked up 53 tackles, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Look for Malone to have a very busy spring.