Early Offer And Plenty Of Attention for Buggs

Class of 2014 football prospect Malcolm Buggs discusses his visit to Auburn and recruiting in general.

Opelika, Ala.--Opelika made a strong run at winning the Class 6A state football title in 2012 and it won't be a surprise if the Bulldogs do it again this year with players like Malcolm Buggs returning.

The junior defensive back recently picked up his first Division I scholarship offer from Georgia Tech and he is garnering attention from other colleges such as nearby Auburn, where he visited on Saturday along with teammate Stephen Roberts, a cornerback who already has a scholarship offer from the Tigers.

"We have a lot of people coming back on defense," Buggs said. "On offense we have the quarterback (Jakell Mitchell) returning. We are getting the offensive line ready."

Mitchell is a prospect the Tigers have offered, too. Auburn is recruiting Mitchell as an H-back/athlete.

A two-year starter for Brian Blackmon's Bulldogs, the 5-10, 185 Buggs notes the Coach Blackmon is excited about the upcoming season with the team featuring a strong senior class of performers.

Malcolm Buggs

A two-year starter at safety, Buggs is a dangerous return man and also plays point guard for the OHS basketball team. The junior notes that he enjoyed his visit to the AU campus.

"It was a great experience for me," he said. "I met one of the defensive backs coaches. I talked to Coach Lashlee (offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee) and I sat down with Coach (Gus) Malzahn."

Buggs points out it was his second chance to talk with Auburn's head coach, who made the short drive over to Opelika High to meet with Buggs and other Bulldogs earlier this year. "Sitting down and talking to him, he is a real down to earth guy," Buggs said. "He really enjoys football and he is recruiting the best so I took it as a compliment to sit in there and talk to him."

Buggs is planning to visit Georgia Tech next weekend and adds that he is also hearing from coaches at Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Troy, South Alabama and other colleges. The next trip will be his third to check out Georgia Tech.

The prospect noted that Auburn, Georgia Tech and most colleges are recruiting him as a cornerback and nickel. "At my school I play a lot of man coverage," he said. "I believe I can come into any program and be a big impact at corner."

Academically the defensive back looks to be in very good shape for making a move to college football. "I have a 3.5 grade point average in all honors classes," he said.

As a junior Buggs finished with 65 tackles and had interceptions in both the semi-final game against Carver and the 6A title game against Opelika.

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