On the basketball court and the football field, Malcolm Magee has been far and away the most versatile athlete at Ocean Springs High School the last two years.
He made the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team as a junior in basketball and then made the squad in football as a defensive back following his senior season.
On Wednesday, Magee signed a football scholarship with Colorado State University.
After filling a variety of roles in both basketball and football the last two years, Magee will be able to focus on one sport and one position in college — cornerback.
Magee’s importance to the Ocean Springs football team over the last two years can’t be overstated.
As a junior, he was the team’s quarterback and finished as the top passer and second-leading rusher. He threw for 727 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 370 yards and five touchdowns.
Magee’s responsibilities changed as a senior, but the Greyhounds became even more reliant on him. He played receiver and occasionally quarterback on offense while also returning punts and kicks on special teams.
However, it was Magee’s performance in the defensive secondary that drew the interest of a long list of colleges.
“We were slacking at corner so I moved to corner to sacrifice for my brothers,” Magee said Wednesday. “It worked out good on my end. I’m happy with that.”
At 6-foot, 177 pounds, Magee fits the description of what college coaches are looking for at cornerback. He’s a rangy athlete with good leaping ability. When he gets the ball in his hands, he’s perfectly capable of going the distance.
“Malcolm is one of those guys that can play anywhere on the field,” Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross said.
As a senior, he had 63 tackles and three interceptions.
Magee will make the 1,400-mile trip to Colorado State this summer — a move that his mother wasn’t exactly thrilled about early on.
“She doesn’t want her baby to leave, but at the end of the day it’s my decision,” Magee said. “I had to stick with it.”
Southwest Mississippi Community College signed two soccer Greyhounds: Autumn Fike for the women’s team and Max Higginbotham for the men’s squad.
William Carey signed long-distance runner Andrew Wheeler and soccer forward Caleb Burke.
Long-snapper Brett Burton signed Wednesday with East Mississippi Community College.