FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Malzone fulfills dream, Brother Rice field general picks Michigan
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – It’s been well-known in football recruiting circles that Birmingham Brother Rice all-state junior quarterback Alex Malzone has had his eyes set on wearing Maize and Blue in college for a long time.
And now, the star 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal-caller will be getting the chance to do just that.
During an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor on Monday, Malzone received an offer from the University of Michigan personally delivered by head coach Brady Hoke and accepted immediately, committing to the Wolverines on the spot.
"I feel honored and blessed," Malzone Tweeted out early Monday afternoon, commenting on his decision.
Rated either a three or four-star recruit by most scouting services, he chose Michigan over a slew of other Division I offers (Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Western Michigan and Central Michigan, to just name a few).
Malzone has been integral in helping lead Brother Rice to the past two state titles (Division 2), wowing those in attendance at Ford Field in the state finals with a pair of spectacular performances that included clutch touchdown throws in both. As a junior last fall, Malzone took Brother Rice to an undefeated campaign, recording over 2,800 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. For his varsity career, his completion-percentage hovers around the glitzy 67 percent mark.
He is the first in-state commitment for the Wolverines in the Class of 2015, sixth overall.
Next fall, Malzone will be heading the charge behind center at Brother Rice under first-year head coach David Sofran (assuming the reins from the legendary Al Fracassa, who retired after last season), as the Warriors seek a fourth straight state crown.
This spring, he’s starting at third base for Brother Rice’s state-juggernaut baseball team. If he had so decided, Malzone could have been a high-level Division I baseball prospect. His walk-off double won the Warriors a regional title in 2013.