Silvers Time to Shine

While star running back Daronte McNeil taking up most the spotlight last year for Elizabeth City Northeastern (N.C.), Malone Silver surprised many turning in a solid year. This year, however, it's his chance to shine.

"I was kind of a sleeper in the area because nobody thought there was anybody on my team besides of Daronte [McNeil]," said Silver. "I think I performed pretty well and surprised some people."

On a team that was clearly run orientated the 5-foot-9 166-pound Silver played wide receiver collecting 25 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he played cornerback where he intercepted eight passes. He also was a kick returner where he would go on to score three touchdowns.

Northeastern would turn in a solid 2006 campaign going 9-3 before exiting in the second round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs.

"I thought the team did pretty good, we did better than the year before," said Silver. "We didn't get out the first round two years ago but last year we did, and we had the state's leading rusher. Overall the season went well."

Being close to McNeil meant Silver had a chance to see recruiting up close. Now as he enters his senior year, the recruiting focus turns on him.

"I have been to UNC and ECU camps," said Silver. "I won't go to any new campuses, but I will be going back to UNC's [camp] in July."

Silver lists North Carolina, East Carolina, Virginia, and Marshall as all showing interest.

"I like the atmosphere and the coaching staff at UNC," said Silver. "Coach [Kenny] Browning keeps in touch with me a lot.

"At ECU, the coaching staff made me feel welcome. Coach [Steve] Shankweiler keeps in touch with me there.

"Marshall and Virginia I don't know to much about because I haven't visited their campuses."

According to Silver, he plans to play more than one position at the collegiate level

"Right now I think I will be recruited as a cornerback or kick returner."

Over the summer Silver plans to stay in shape while also participating in some football related activities.

"Right now, I'm just playing a little basketball," said Silver. "Over the summer we have 7-on-7s that I participate in so that's what I'm doing."

Silver expects big things not only from his team but from himself as well.

"We want a conference championship and we want to get further in the playoffs then we did last year," said Silver. "I expect myself to help get that conference championship, be an all-conference player, and be an all-state player."

At the Charlotte Shrine Bowl Combine, Silver recorded a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 4.38-short shuttle time. He also posted a 35.8-vertical jump.

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