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In an exclusive interview with Rivals.com, Rivals100 and Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone revealed the four schools that will get official visits, and the list includes four big-time programs.
"I'll be taking my officials to Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida State," Malone said. "I'm still thinking about a fifth one, but I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't take it."
Malone broke down each of the schools and why they made the cut for his official list.
Georgia: Sept. 28 vs. LSU: -- "The reason I picked that game was because it's really good to see the offense against another good defense. They didn't do too bad against Clemson, now they're going against a good SEC defense. I'll really get to see a lot and get to see how their offense is run."
Tennessee: Date TBD -- "I don't know which game yet. But I really like Coach Jones and the whole staff. The offense is interesting because it's a passing offense and they use their receivers a lot. I also want to get back up there and see their offense and how it does in a big game."
Florida State: Nov. 2 vs. Miami -- "I picked that game just because it's a very big game and there will be a great atmosphere at Florida State. I really get to see the offense, which doesn't look too bad with Jameis Winston back at the helm just killing defenses."
Clemson: Date TBD -- "I want to get back up there later on in the year. I don't know which game yet. The reason for going back for an official is just to make sure it's consistent. They've been honest in the process and I really just want to get out on campus and see. I want to enjoy myself and spend more time with the coaches talking football."
Malone was at Clemson for the Georgia game this past weekend, but he pushed back his official until later in the year, so now the Tigers will get two trips from the coveted playmaker. Malone attended with his parents and his sister and came away very impressed.
"It was an amazing game with both teams going back and forth like that," Malone said. "My family thought it was good, they really enjoyed it, too."
Malone arrived early in the day on Saturday, allowing him to spend some time with head coach Dabo Swinney.
"He told me that they want me and they have a need at the position," Malone said. "They need me to come in a fill a position that's going to be vacant next year and they're looking for that replacement."
The Tigers already have commitments from two four-star receivers in Demarre Kitt and Artavis Scott, but Malone said that actually makes the situation more appealing.
"That's a lot of help they're bringing in so I know I'm not going to be out there alone, he said. "That's not a bad situation to have other players coming in at the same position, especially in that offense."
Malone also visited Vanderbilt for the Commodores game against Ole Miss last Thursday and said he was impressed with the way the team used wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
"They told me if I come there they're going to get me the ball and utilize me and that early playing time will be there," Malone said. "They showed me how they utilize their wide receiver and they really got him the ball."
As far as Vanderbilt's standing, Malone said he's not sure if he'll visit again this season, but that the Commodores are still in the mix.
"They're still good with me," he said. "But there's a lot of worries right now around the program. That's what I really see. They've been in the headlines for a couple of months now."
Malone still intends to enroll early and is hoping to make his decision sometime later this fall.
"It's probably going to be after all my officials," he said. "I know that much but I don't have a date yet."
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