The Scout four-star wide receiver picked the Vols over finalists Clemson and Georgia.
"I wouldn't say it was hectic but it kind of got tense there for awhile," Josh's father Cordell Malone said. "For a while there, every weekend we were going somewhere, you know going to visit different schools. That part kind of got old but you know you do it."
The emotions of the moment brought glassy eyes to members of the Malone family.
"It's excitement and a sense of relief that he's made his choice," Josh's mother Rebecca Malone told Scout. "Now he can get focused on the next step in his journey. I'm excited and of course I'm proud of him and happy for him."
Malone led his Station Camp team to the second round of the 2013 TSSAA Class 6A state playoffs before his prep career in Gallatin came to a close with a 29-28 overtime loss to Hendersonville on Nov. 15.
"We're so proud for him and proud for his family," Bisons head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. "What more could you ask for as a coach and the coaches on your coaching staff to have been a part of this young man's life — not only for what he's done for football, but for what he's done in the school?"
After participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder enrolls in Knoxville.
To get a look at Malone's announcement ceremony at Station Camp (Tenn.) High School, click play on the Scout video below: