City College of San Francisco is off to a 7-0 start and one of the top performers on the defensive…
All-American Watch: Nigel Malone
"I had a lot of walk-on offers, but I just didn't have the money to go and do that," Malone told JCFootball.com recently. "Nevada and Oregon really wanted me to come in and walk-on and Boise State and San Jose State were telling me they thought I could come in and be a walk-on too.
"I decided that I wanted to go to a JC and see if I could raise my stock a little and if I was going to do that I wanted to play with the best and against the best I could and City was the best place for me."
Malone greyshirted in 2008, saving a season of eligibility, and in 2009 he proved his worth by posting 38 tackles and four interceptions, one of which he took back 98 yards for a touchdown.
While he isn't big physically, Malone likes to use his 4.4 speed to run with receivers down the field and he also noted he doesn't mind coming up and laying the lumber when necessary.
"I'm more physical that people think I will be," Malone said. "I love to come up and make a play against the run. I feel like if I can do that, that only helps our linebackers and ends because maybe if I can come up and make a hit, the running back won't try and bounce it outside and that gives our inside guys more chances to make plays."
Last spring, Malone had hoped a four-year school would come calling in the hopes of enrolling this fall and playing as a sophomore, but that didn't happen so he headed back to City College and already has his first D-1 offer without having played a game yet this fall.
"Kentucky has offered me," Malone said. "That was really big for me and gave me a lot of confidence.
"I also have New Mexico really interested in me and a couple of other schools, mostly the Pac 10, like me, but they haven't offered yet either."
This weekend City takes on College of the Sequoias at home to kickoff the 2010 season.
Malone will finish up in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
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