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Offers are piling up for this Ocean Springs football star. Is Southern Miss next?

Ocean Springs's Malcolm Magee returns a kick during the third quarter of their game at Warrior Stadium in D'Iberville on Sept. 29, 2017.
Ocean Springs's Malcolm Magee returns a kick during the third quarter of their game at Warrior Stadium in D'Iberville on Sept. 29, 2017. file

Malcolm Magee followed his parents’ advice and sat it out as many of the state’s top high school football players signed with their new colleges on Dec. 20.

It turns out that the Ocean Springs defensive back/receiver was right to heed their suggestion.

Magee’s offer list has grown to 12 schools in the last couple of weeks with Colorado State and UMass the latest programs to jump on board.

Louisiana-Lafayette and UTSA also offered Magee shortly after the early signing period. The other schools that have scholarships waiting on Magee are Troy, Toledo, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls, Alcorn State, Central Arkansas and Jackson State.

“I didn’t know I’d have all these offers and that they’d keep piling up like that. It’s surprising,” Magee said Monday. “I was just told to wait it out and see what happens after Dec. 20. After that, all the schools started rolling in.”

One other program keeping in close contact with Magee is a little closer to home — Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles have yet to follow through with an offer, but he’s hoping that changes soon.

“I’m from Collins so I’ve been there a lot,” Magee said.

Magee moved from Collins, which is located 30 miles north of in Hattiesburg, to Ocean Springs when he was 14 years old and returns often to visit family.

Impressive athlete

The majority of the schools pursuing Magee see him as a defensive back in college.

At 6-foot, 177 pounds, Magee fits the description that college coaches are looking for in cornerbacks these days. He’s a quick and rangy athlete who could easily play either safety or corner.

Magee, who played quarterback as a junior, had 23 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown during his senior campaign. On defense, he made 63 tackles and pulled in three interceptions.

Magee’s great athleticism is also on full display on the basketball court as a guard for the Greyhounds. He averages 15.8 points a game and he has shown impressive leaping ability, averaging 8.4 rebounds.

Magee made the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Teams for both football and basketball in 2017 — the only multi-sport selection on the football squad.

Visits coming up

Magee says he has no favorite school with the Feb. 7 signing day fast approaching, but he does have a big official visit set for this weekend at Louisiana-Lafayette.

He’ll suit up for the Ocean Springs basketball team Friday night in a big game at St. Martin and immediately leave for Lafayette afterward.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “They have new facilities, SEC-type facilities. I want to check that out.”

Magee said he hopes to make four or five visits in the coming weeks with UTSA and ULM the schools most likely to serve as hosts.

“I’ll try to make Colorado State too and then it will either be Southeastern Louisiana or Toledo,” he said.

As for which position he prefers to play in college, that’s entirely up to the school that convinces him to sign a National Letter of Intent.

“I just want to be on the field,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me.”