The number of programs battling it out for 2014 receiver Josh Malone of Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp continues to grow, with a pair of Big Ten archrivals being the latest to get involved.
"The two offers I got last week were Michigan and Ohio State - both on Thursday," Malone told Rivals.com. "I was very excited. Those are two prestigious programs. They're always one of the top programs in the nation. They're always ranked every year."
Michigan was the first to offer Thursday. Not long after that, the Buckeyes pulled the trigger.
"I think it was about an hour apart," Malone said. "I was on my way out of school, and my coach came up to me and told me what happened after I got the Michigan offer. I spoke to coaches from Michigan and coaches from Ohio State - and I talked to [Buckeyes] Coach Urban Meyer. It was a good feeling just talking to them and trying to get to know them and build a relationship."
Malone now has eight offers, with the Wolverines and Buckeyes joining Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.
"I'm open to go anywhere," Malone said. "I'll take an offer from any division."
In 2012, the 6-feet-3, 186-pound Malone has visited Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.
"I liked what they had to bring with the facilities and the great coaches they have," Malone said.
More campus visits will come this summer, though Malone has yet to map things out.
"I want to see all the schools that have offered," he said. "I want to get a feel for their campuses and get to know the coaches a little more. I know I'm also going to the Nike Camp in Memphis, the Rivals National Underclassman camp in Texas and the IMG 7 on 7."
As a sophomore, Malone recorded 25 receptions, and finished with 900-plus yards of total offense with 15 touchdowns.