I'm very honored and blessed to say that I have committed to play football at the University of Michigan #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/cSUTI6AVZp
— Alex Malzone (@AlexMalzone) May 12, 2014
Meet Alex Malzone
High School: Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
24/7 Rating: 3 Stars, #21 QB
ESPN Rating: 3 Stars
Rivals Rating: 3 Stars, #16 QB
Scout Rating: 4 Stars, #15 QB
Other Offers: Wake Forest, Akron, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Old Dominion, Western Michigan.
Michigan has finally landed a quarterback for the 2015 recruiting cycle. Monday afternoon while on a visit to Ann Arbor, Malzone finally received his scholarship offer and wasted no time in committing. Alex has been on campus countless times and finally got his chance to throw for the coaching staff late last month. According to multiple sources, the throwing session went extremely smooth and the coaching staff came away pleased with what they seen.
Malzone now becomes the 6th member of 2015 class joining Garrett Taylor, Shaun Crawford, Tyree Kinnel, Jon Runyan Jr. and Andrew David.
Junior Year Highlights:
Allen Trieu from Scout.com had this to say about Malzone’s playing ability;
“Has the arm to make all the throws. Mechanics can still use polishing, but he has good velocity on his passes, shows excellent timing and is very accurate. Shows the ability to make tough throws into coverage and has great touch down the field. Shows calm under pressure and lead several late game winning drives and has been in big game situations. May not have ideal dropback QB height, but is a gamer and a winner.”
24/7’s Clint Brewster has a little more in depth scouting report on Malzone;
“Malzone is a natural pocket passing quarterback that can flourish in a system that correlates to his strengths. Malzone takes what the defense gives him and does a nice job distributing the football and not doing too much. He has good awareness in the pocket and doesn’t take a lot of sacks. Malzone knows where to go with the ball and delivers with good accuracy- out in front of his receiver. Anticipates well and can get the ball out with a natural/quick release. Doesn’t get flustered in the pocket and can also make accurate throws outside the pocket on the run. Malzone is a quarterback that will play within your offense and won’t do too much. He’s smart with the football and doesn’t take a lot of shots. Malzone can continue getting stronger and working on arm strength, as well as speeding up his footwork and mechanics.”
Alex has enjoyed much success while playing in high school winning two state championships. As a junior, Alex passed for 2,794 yards and 25 touchdowns leading his team to an undefeated record. In the 2013 State Championship game, Alex completed 20 passes for 263 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns.
Coach Nuss seems pretty happy about the commitment as well.Final Thought:
— Doug Nussmeier (@CoachDNuss) May 12, 2014
This is an absolute huge commit for Michigan. The 2015 Quarterback class was getting thinner by the day and after Malzone, the pickings got even slimmer. With Alex committing before the start of the season this gives Coach Nuss and the rest of the coaching staff time to start recruiting a QB for the 2016 class. Messiah deWeaver? Jarrett Guarantano? Alex will probably end up redshirting his first season at Michigan with Morris being an upperclassmen and Speight being the backup.
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