Florida State got some good news tonight as blue-chip defensive tackle Tywone Malone included the ‘Noles in his top six, along with the USC Trojans, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Ole Miss Rebels, Tennessee Volunteers, and Texas A&M Aggies.
Malone is an imposing presence, standing 6’3 and 300 pounds.
The Class of 2021 prospect attends Bergen Catholic High School and has a 97 rating (4-star) from the 247 Sports Composite List. The sites consider him the 55th best player in America (5th best DT and the best player in New Jersey).
The Seminoles offered Malone back in February, and in early May he released a top 14 which included FSU.
In July, our Josh Pick did a one-on-one interview with the 4-star prospect.
The New Jersey native is also a baseball star at Bergen Catholic and has expressed interest at playing both sports at the next level. Florida State is putting the Mike (Norvell) and Mike (Martin, Jr.) push on Malone, as he’s been told he could play both sports in Tallahassee. On the diamond, Malone is a balanced hitter with easy power to all fields.
Earlier this fall I spoke to FSU baseball’s recruiting coordinator Mike Metcalf about dual-sport athletes. He said, “When you play multiple sports, you have to learn how to compete in different ways mentally, physically, and emotionally. You’re making different movements in different sports which creates more athleticism at times for guys… It brings a more attractive overall holistic student-athlete to the table for you.”