Alex Malzone zips a pass to a receiver Monday as Brother Rice opened football practice. (David Coates / Detroit News)
Bloomfield Hills -- Birmingham Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone rolled right and fired a bullet into the arms of his receiver in the end zone while his team’s defense worked at the other side of Fracassa Field Monday.
Malzone, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior, is a rising star in the recruiting rankings as he tries to lead the Warriors to their fourth straight state championship before moving on to the University of Michigan.
Malzone is a member of Michigan’s strong 2015 recruiting class, which includes three of the top players in the state – Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber, Saginaw Heritage receiver / running back Brian Cole and Malzone. All three are rated four-star prospect by Scout.com.
“Michigan’s a dream school, the best place for me to be,” said Malzone, taking a break from practice. “We’re getting the top talent from Michigan, which Michigan needs to do. We’re at 10 commits right now and we’re looking to get more guys.
“The Michigan coaching job is doing a great job of recruiting, doing a great job with their players now. I was up there a couple of days ago to see their practice and they’re definitely doing great things. I can’t wait to get up there.”
Malzone completed 77 percent of his passes last season, throwing for 2,782 yards and 25 TDs. He proved to be a big-game player, completing 20-of-24 passes for 263 yards and four TD in a 38-21 Division 2 state championship game win over Muskegon at Ford Field.
“I went into every game knowing what I had to do for our team to win,” Malzone said. “Some games I had a little bit more impact than others, and in the state championship game we knew we’d have to throw against them to win.
“I had great receivers make great plays and my offensive line gave me time.”
It was Brother Rice's second straight title game win over Muskegon. Malzone completed 8-of-10 for 167 yards and two TD in a 35-28 win in 2012. He was a combined 28-of-34 for 430 yards and six TD without an interception in the two title games.
Michigan fans hope it’s a sign of things to come at the Big House.