One of the hottest names at the quarterback position in the Midwest's 2015 class is Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice's Alex Malzone, who visited Penn State last weekend.
"I made it up there and it was a great experience," Malzone said of Penn State. "I loved the campus, loved the big fan base they had at Beaver Stadium. It was a great game to watch."
This past weekend's visit was Malzone's first time being on Penn State's campus, and he had a chance to talk with several of the Nittany Lion's coaches in-person.
"We got to talk to Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden and Coach (Charlie) Fisher before the game," Malzone said. "I liked that they took the time out before the game to talk to me. They said they take quarterbacks slowly, but they watched some of my film and like what they see. They pretty much said we'll see what happens after the season."
Penn State's offense is run this year by quarterback Christian Hackenberg, and Malzone was watching the freshman signal caller closely during Saturday's game.
"I love the offensive scheme they ran," he said. "(Hackenberg) is obviously a great player and I love the offense Coach (Bill) O'Brien had them running - no-huddle. They obviously love to pass the ball and Hackenberg looked great running the offense."
The trip to Penn State was Malzone's first college game visit of the season. He will make his second in two weekends to another Big Ten program.
"I'm going to Michigan on Oct. 5 versus Minnesota," Malzone said. "I've always been a big Michigan fan and I'm really excited to get up and see a game."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Malzone holds offers from Western Michigan, Toledo and Old Dominion. All of them came this month, with his first arriving from the Broncos in a Sept. 1 conversation with head coach P.J. Fleck.
"It was really special," Malzone said of landing his first offer. "I hadn't talked to Western Michigan before that at all. I've started to build a relationship with Coach Fleck and he is a great guy, a great coach and is doing the right things up at Western Michigan."
Interest from across the country continues to pour in, with an ACC program stopping by his school on Wednesday.
"Pittsburgh came to Rice today," Malzone said. "He said they watched my film, liked what they saw and would like for me to get out to a game.
"I am getting a ton of mail from Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska, and I have game day invites from all of them. I'm starting to talk to the quarterback coach from Cincinnati (Darin Hinshaw) quite a bit, and I'm still talking to Tennessee and Ohio State."
Malzone has lead Brother Rice to a 3-0 record this fall and a No. 51 national ranking in the RivalsHigh100.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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