2010 Intro: Damon Magazu

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- While teammates Brandon Braxton and Braxton Deaver get most of the attention, Damon Magazu might be Providence High's most irreplaceable player.

Magazu, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, starts at strong safety, is a utility man on offense, and returns punts. During the football off-season, he's also an All-Conference point guard on the basketball team.

Most of Magazu's value comes on defense, where he's a two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection, and was named to the Second Team All-Mecklenburg County as a junior. Last fall, he accumulated 11 interceptions, 124 tackles, seven pass breakups, and forced two fumbles.

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"We like to get him up in the box because he's a great tackler [and] physical player," Providence head football coach Randy Long said. "But we also can play him over the top as a cover-two safety.

"[He has] just great instincts, has great ball skills, and just great savvy – he's one of the most savvy football players I've ever had."

In Providence's balanced spread offense, Braxton and Deaver are targeted more often, but Magazu is the versatile weapon that opponents have difficulty accounting for. He scored six all-purpose touchdowns, last season.

"They throw me in at running back this year a little bit for options, screens, and stuff like that," Magazu said.

As a freshman, Magazu was moved up to varsity for the playoffs to add depth at cornerback. He remained at cornerback during his sophomore season and earned a starting role. Before his junior year, Magazu was moved to strong safety, picked up a utility role on offense, and became the punt returner.

For the 2009 season, Long is considering utilizing either a 3-3-5 or 3-4 defensive scheme. In the former, Magazu could move to spur, a hybrid safety/linebacker.

Additionally this coming season, Magazu will be an even bigger part of Providence's offensive attack.

"He's a guy really that on offense we have to find ways to get him the ball," Long said. "We may put him in the backfield and let him run the ball, because he's so quick and shifty and has great vision. And we put him at receiver – he's got great hands, unbelievable hands."

Magazu, whose brother Dominique signed with Boston College before transferring to Appalachian State, has grabbed the attention of every ACC school, plus East Carolina. The Pirates have offered a scholarship, but the rest of the interested schools have requested he attend their respective summer camps.

Although he hasn't made any definite plans, Magazu is considering camping at Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest this summer.

Every school is recruiting Magazu as a safety – either a strong or free.

Although he believes Magazu could excel on offense, Long agrees that safety is Magazu's best position on the collegiate level.

"He's got great instincts and [is] a great tackler on defense," Long said.

Thus far, Magazu has attended junior days at Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest. He plans to return to Duke and East Carolina (for the Pirates' Spring Game), and also unofficially visit NC State before the end of spring.

Magazu doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Everything is still up in the air, because there's still a lot of time left before this is all over," Magazu said.

Magazu does, however, desire to make a verbal commitment by the end of the summer.

"I want to be able to focus on having fun next year, instead of having to focus on the recruiting process," Magazu said.

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