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The Tigers’ class was rated fifth by Scout.com, sixth by Yahoo! and seventh by ESPN.com.

ESPN rated K.J. Malone as the No. 23 offensive guard prospect in the country, although his new coaches plan to move him to center.

At a glance

The Malones

» Karl Malone spent 18 years with the Utah Jazz and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

» K.J. Malone is the son of Karl and Kay Malone. He officially signed last week to play football at LSU.

» K.J. Malone is an offensive lineman who was widely recruited. Among his suitors: the University of Utah.

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"Wherever they want to put me," he said. "Wherever they think I can help the team most."

On signing day, Miles told reporters that the offensive linemen he recruited — including Malone — give this class a chance to be special.

He laughed about recruiting a player from little Ceder Creek, a private school with a kindergarten-through-12th grade enrollment of 600 located in the rural northern Louisiana.

"Cedar Creek High School is not necessarily a place we visit all the time," Miles said. "But we have to go in there for talented men — and that’s [Malone]. He’s a guy … that is very explosive and athletic."

K.J. Malone’s football journey moved forward last week — on a morning his father and mother will always remember.

"I told him, ‘Your last name is going to be a blessing and a curse. You need to decipher the difference and be your own man,’ " Karl Malone said.

"’Everybody doesn’t like your dad and not everybody is going to like you. But never fight your dad’s battles. Fight your own battles, stay humble and enjoy what’s happening to you.’"

One of Kay Malone’s fondest memories of signing day will be watching the reaction of her husband as K.J. Malone put pen to paper.

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"Karl was so proud," she said. "He’s been proud before — of winning games with the Jazz and winning the MVP [award]. But to see him watch his son get a scholarship, there was just such a different look on his face. I’ve never seen it before."

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