It's Navy for Maloy

Tazh Maloy became the last to commit to Coach Ken Niumatalolo's staff at Navy. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound running back has gone over the 1,000-yard mark in his senior season at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb of Austin. Maloy spoke in-depth on his commitment.

"It was just this past Sunday when I called Coach O'Rourke to give him my early commitment to Navy," Maloy said. "I started thinking about everything with recruiting and I'm not going to get a better opportunity than the one I have at Navy. I was recently accepted into the school, so that's what made it for sure, for sure. Coach O'Rourke told me he was very excited to take the commitment and couldn't wait to tell Sean Magee and Coach Niumatalolo the news.

"It was earlier this season when I went to Annapolis for the Western Kentucky game and loved it. I enjoyed being there and appreciated what they do as a team with the unity and closeness of the players and how friendly the coaches are. My father was in the Marine Corps for 20 years. He's now retired. I was planning on serving myself, but this takes one step out of it and allows me to play D-1 football.

"When Coach O'Rourke was recruiting me he's always talk about how hard of a runner I am. They loved my speed and just being able to make plays with my athleticism. I'm being recruited in the triple option as an A-back or slot back. It's been great getting to know Coach O'Rourke throughout this process. He's a cool guy and I'm looking forward to working with him at Navy."

Last season, Maloy shared carries with Samaje Perine, who is having a big freshman season at Oklahoma. Through the Hendrickson Hawks first 11 games, Maloy, now the feature back, has rushed for 1246 yards on 210 carries for a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. The school finished their regular season at 7-3 and won their first round game of the Texas 6A, Division II playoffs against Austin. In the game, Maloy had 144 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.

"It was great to break the 1000 yard mark this season," he said. "I've accounted for 15 or 16 touchdowns on the year. I started out playing wide receiver and was actually a starter as a sophomore but moved over to tailback last year. It feels good to have that commitment out of the way and I can now focus on helping out team win on Saturday. It's going to be a tough opponent, Westfield, but this team is playing with a lot of confidence. I think we can get the job done."

Maloy selected Navy over offers from Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) in Belton, Texas and Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas. After the football season, he plans on wrestling then focusing his attention on track & field where he specializes in the long jump. Maloy will begin at NAPS next summer.

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