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Maloney seeing stock rise

Shawnee Mission (Kan.) West made a run to a state title in 2012 and the Vikings return plenty of talent next year to try to do it again.

Andre Maloney has attended a junior day at Kansas and has one planned for Missouri.

One of the players that will be counted on is cornerback Andre Maloney and the 6-foot-1.5, 180-pound junior has picked up his first two offers in the past week.

“I’ve been offered by Missouri and [Kansas],” Maloney said. “Missouri offered me last week and then KU offered me this past Saturday at the junior day. Missouri called my coach and they offered me.”

Maloney is headed to Columbia for a junior day at Missouri on Mar. 2. He is also hearing from a number of other programs.

“K-State invited me to their junior day,” he said, “but I’m not going to be able to attend that one because it’s the same day as the Mizzou one. Nebraska has been coming around too. So has Tulsa and Southern Illinois. Oklahoma State also contacted me this past week.”

Though he primarily being recruited as a defensive back, Maloney could see time on the offensive side of the ball in college as well.

“They all say that they like my athletic ability and size at corner,” he said of the schools recruiting him. “A lot of them have also said I’m athletic enough to play both ways. They might want me at receiver too.”

With the recruiting process being so new to him, Maloney says he does not have any favorites. However, he did grow up following a pair of programs in the Lone Star State.

“I’d say that all the schools are even right now,” he said. “I grew up a big fan of Texas. I also like UTEP because I was born in El Paso. I haven’t heard from either of those yet though.”

This past season Maloney recorded 42 tackles and four interceptions on defense. On offense he caught 24 passes for 518 yards and 10 scores. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

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