Buggs Beginning To Shine For Bulldogs

Opelika defensive back Malcolm Buggs talks recruiting, his improvement, working towards a state title and much more.

Opelika, Ala.—While teammates Jakell Mitchell and Stephen Roberts have become well known names in the recruiting world, Opelika High School standout safety Malcolm Buggs is quietly turning heads for Coach Brian Blackmon's team.

"I have gained about 15 pounds," Buggs says. "I am now 5-11 and 195 pounds. I'm working on my versatility. I'm a lot faster now. I'm a lot more physical. I'm trying to be able to play both corner and safety on the next level."

Getting plenty of interest from several top programs, Buggs is hoping his finish to the 2012 season and a strong spring will continue to show teams what he can bring to the table for a defense moving forward. He has already picked up scholarship offers and is hoping to get more good news this summer.

"I have three offers at the moment," Buggs tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Georgia Tech, South Alabama and South Dakota State have offered so far. I'm getting a lot of interest from schools such as Vanderbilt and Ole Miss as well. I'm also hearing a lot from Memphis, Auburn and Kentucky.

"I felt like every day is an opportunity to get better and be seen," he adds. "I feel like I need to go out there and do what I need to do for me team and then individually things will come after that."

Malcolm Buggs

Last week Buggs and his Opelika teammates took on Eufaula to wrap up spring practice. Dropping last season's spring game to the Tigers before getting hot and advancing to the state title game in Class 6A, Buggs says the team has grown a lot since the final defeat and is working hard to make sure this season turns out differently.

"We are just determined to show everybody that we're a better team than we were last year," Buggs says. "We underestimated them last year and they are a great football program. We thought since we were 6A we could just come out and kill them. This year we had a purpose. We want to get back to the state title and win it, and it started in the spring.

"We're a lot more competitive," he adds. "There is a lot of talent at Opelika High, both offensively and defensively. Every day we're competing to get each other better. We make mistakes in practice, but we're making mistakes against great players. We're just trying to do something that has never been done at Opelika."


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