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Brother Rice's Malzone has 'Wanted to be a Michigan Man (his) whole life' WITH PHOTO GALLERY

BIRMINGHAM – Becoming a “Michigan Man” was important to Birmingham Brother Rice all-state junior quarterback Alex Malzone.

“I’ve wanted to be a Michigan Man my whole life,” he said.

On Monday, he was able to knock that goal off his bucket list, committing to the University of Michigan the second he was offered a scholarship by Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke, while taking an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor.

“It’s another step for me in my football career and it’s one that I’ve been waiting for a really long time,” said Malzone of the milestone. “I’m looking forward to doing big things in Ann Arbor once I get there. I’m fired up and can’t wait to be a Wolverine.”

Hoke’s sit-down with Malzone was his first face-to-face meeting with his field general of the future. At the meeting, Hoke told him that he will be the only quarterback the program signs in his class.

For Malzone, the prospect of being mentored by newly-hired offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who comes to Michigan from the SEC and Alabama, is very exciting to him.

“Coach Nussmeier is just great,” he said. “Getting the chance to play for him is very appealing to me.”

Having the opportunity to play his college ball at historic Michigan Stadium almost leaves the well-spoken Malzone speechless.

“The Big House is amazing, I can’t believe it,” he said. “Nothing will compare to playing there in front of all those people and with all that tradition. I can’t wait”

At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Malzone is a menace of a pocket passer. He’s helped lead Brother Rice to the past two Division 2 state titles. Last fall, he racked up 2,795 yards and 25 touchdowns. Over the course of his varsity career he boasts a gaudy 67 percent completion percentage.

Prior to the Wolverines coming into the picture this week, Malzone owned offers from the likes of Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, among a hoard of mid-major bids.

National scouting services tag him a Top 20 recruit in the country for his position, some placing him as high as No. 15.

The talent doesn’t stop on the gridiron either.

During the spring sports season, Malzone is Brother Rice’s all-league starting third baseman on the baseball field. His walk-off double brought home a regional crown for the Warriors last year on their way to the Division 1 state championship game.

Malzone and the Warriors' diamond cutters will be going for a third Catholic League title-banner in a row Thursday afternoon down at Comerica Park when Brother Rice tangles with Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the CHSL A-B Division finals.

Last Updated: 5/14/2014 5:08:09 AM EST

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