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Ocean Springs football star narrows list to 2 schools and ‘they’re coming at him hard’

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. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Ocean Springs football star Malcolm Magee has narrowed his long list of scholarship offers down to two schools.

The gifted defensive back said Sunday that he will soon make a choice between Colorado State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Magee didn’t give himself a target date to announce his verbal commitment, but he said it could happen in a couple of days.

“They’ve both been coming at me hard,” Magee said. “They’re both doing the same thing.”

Both staffs have made in-home visits with Magee and he’s constantly on the receiving end of calls and texts from both schools.

Magee had also been considering trips to Toledo and Southeastern Louisiana, but he said Sunday that he won’t make any more official visits before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

Magee committed to ULL on Jan. 14, but decided to reopen his recruitment following a trip to Colorado State the next week.

“After I committed, it showed me which schools really wanted me,” Magee said. “I stuck with the ones that were throwing mad love to me.”

The 6-foot, 177-pound Magee also received scholarship offers from UTSA, Troy, Toledo, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls, Alcorn State, Central Arkansas and Jackson State.

Magee, a member of the 2017 Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team, described the positives he sees for the two schools he is considering.

For Louisiana-Lafayette, “It’s something I’m already used to. It’s not not far from home. It’s like Ocean springs, but bigger. There’s more to do.

For Colorado State, “It’s something different. It’s a new environment and I like the players and coaches. It was like an SEC school, but they just don’t have the name.”

Colorado State is located over 1,400 miles from Ocean Springs, but Magee doesn’t see that as a hindrance.

“It excites me,” he said.

Both schools expect Magee to play cornerback on the next level.

Magee said that ULL and Colorado State both have an equal shot at receiving his verbal commitment.

“I’ll just pray about it and follow my heart,” he said.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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