Ht/Wt: 6'3" / 200 lbs
Location: Brother Rice High School - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Offers: Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Old Dominion, Toledo, Western Michigan
Since the Brady Hoke regime began in 2011, the Michigan Wolverines have expressed great caution in how they recruit the quarterback position. As 2014 commit Wilton Speight is set to begin classes either Monday or Tuesday at Michigan depending on the weather, the next signal caller to join the maize and blue will come from the 2015 class.
Only two offers have gone out to 2015 QBs so far, and neither situation looks to be changing much in the near future. The first offer went to consensus 5-star St. John Bosco QB Josh Rosen, who has recently alluded to potentially visiting Michigan. This would be a direct reversal from his previous comments regarding a visit to Ann Arbor, but that there is not much action on that front. Michigan's next offer went to Eastern Christian Academy junior David Sills. This might be a familiar name to those who have followed recruiting for quite some time as Sills first made waves with his commitment to USC back in 2010 as a 7th grader. The Trojans have since undergone a coaching change, but it looks like the current staff has reaffirmed their commitment to Sills as well.
With both of those situations at a relative standstill, Michigan may look in-state for their next target. The Wolverines have developed a six-man group of QBs that currently have their attention, and Brother Rice's Alex Malzone has established himself as a potential option at the position for Michigan. Malzone visited the Michigan campus three times this season and kept in regular contact with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges on a regular basis. The two typically would remain in communication with a weekly phone call coming on Thursday nights. The two built a bond during these Thursday night calls and Malzone currently has a great deal of interest in the Michigan program.
The M Block Rating: 77.5/100 (3-Star)
Arm Strength: 7.5
Pocket Presence: 9
After watching Malzone in-person on multiple occasions this year, I was very impressed by what the Brother Rice quarterback had to offer. Although he doesn't exactly tower over his teammates at six feet tall and around 200 lbs., but Malzone carries himself like a big time player. There is an element of composure that is obvious when watching Malzone lead the Warriors offense. This likely comes from his experience in pressure situations as Alex has led Brother Rice to back-to-back state championships as a starter. Experience like Malzone has is not something that can be found in every quarterback and gives Alex a leg up on his competition as he is a proven winner.
In terms of his mechanics, Malzone is a fairly polished passer that fits the bill as a division one quarterback. As with many high school quarterbacks, his release is a bit longer than it needs to be and has a hitch in his throwing motion, but he gets rid of the football quickly. This is a very important characteristic of Malzone's game- since he is not overly mobile and doesn't pose a great running threat, his quick release is useful in avoiding sacks. Like I said, although Malzone is not the quickest athlete, he does have the agility and quickness to extend plays, which at times is just as important as pure speed.
From a pocket passer standpoint, Malzone has all of the tools that division one programs are looking for. His release point is high, which predicates a tight spiral that often has good trajectory. Malzone displays good touch on short and long passes and puts appropriate zip on the football for most throws. He has the arm to make any throw on the field and is usually pretty smart with the football. This reliability and talent is what has allowed Malzone to smoothly assume the Brother Rice starting quarterback job last year and he has since caught fire. Look for him to be a strong candidate to receive the next Michigan quarterback offer when the dead period ends on January 16.