2007 Intro: Dominick Magazu

Charlotte (N.C.) Providence High School head football coach Randy Long believes in a two-platoon strategy, allowing his offensive and defensive players to focus on their respective side of the ball. Junior prospect Dominick Magazu is an exception to that rule, splitting time at wide receiver and free safety during the Panthers' 9-2 (5-1 Southwestern 4A) season last fall.

And rightly so – Magazu earned Southwestern 4A Conference defensive player of the year honors in 2005, and he is also being recruited at wide receiver by several Division I-A programs.

Long said solid hands and great hand-eye coordination are only a part of what makes Magazu a legitimate college prospect.

"He's just a competitor," Long said. "Every time he steps on the court or on the field, he's competing. That's what impresses me most about him. He finds a way to make plays. He made some catches this past year that you don't even see on Sundays."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder believes his size is also a factor in his success.

"I'm taller than most of the defensive backs, so I can go up and get the ball," Magazu said. "I'm usually not the fastest or the strongest guy, but my height and jumping ability normally help me out."

Those attributes, along with his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, have intrigued several Div. I-A coaching staffs.

"I've got an offer from Kent State," Magazu said. "My dad has been talking to the Boston College coaches, and he thinks that they're going to offer me, too. I've also talked with the North Carolina coaches a couple of times."

Magazu is currently wide open, as he has not visited many college campuses. That is about to change, as he plans to attend the North Carolina and Boston College camps this summer, and he said that the N.C. State camp is also a possibility. Camps, however, will not be his only exposure to the in-state schools.

"I've gone to the Duke junior day, and I'm going to the North Carolina junior day this weekend," Magazu said.

Magazu caught 28 passes for 560 yards last season, with seven touchdowns. Defensively, he made 55 tackles, to go along with six interceptions. Magazu's father, Dave, is the tight ends coach for the Carolina Panthers.

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