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After a greyshirt season last year, CCSF CB Nigel Malone (5-10, 180) has shown enough talent to be a player just now getting onto some D-1 recruiting radars. caught up with the talented defensive back and he updated us on things including what makes him such a force in the secondary...

Malone prepped at Sierra High School in Manteca, California and was a full-qualifier, but was only lightly recruited.

"I had a lot of walk-on offers, but I just didn't have the money to go and do that," Malone told recently. "Nevada and Oregon really wanted me to come in and walk-on and Boise State and San Jose State were telling me they thought I could come in and be a walk-on too.

"I decided that I wanted to go to a JC and see if I could raise my stock a little and if I was going to do that I wanted to play with the best and against the best I could and City was the best place for me."

Last year Malone greyshirted, saving a season of eligibility, and this season he's proven his worth by posting 27 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he took back 98 yards for a touchdown.

"I think I've played pretty well, but I can always improve on the things I'm doing," Malone said. "I just go out and compete and play ball and do what I can to make plays. I love playing man-to-man and that's what we do a lot so it really challenges you."

While he isn't big physically, Malone likes to use his 4.4 speed to run with receivers down the field and he also noted he doesn't mind coming up and laying the lumber when necessary.

"I'm more physical that people think I will be," Malone said. "I love to come up and make a play against the run. I feel like if I can do that, that only helps our linebackers and ends because maybe if I can come up and make a hit, the running back won't try and bounce it outside and that gives our inside guys more chances to make plays."

Malone isn't being heavily recruited at this point, but he hopes his solid showing so far this year will mean increased interest down the road.

"Arizona is really the only school looking at me right now," Malone said. "I'm trying to get some tape out to schools and let them know I can leave right after the season. I'd really like to get to a school in January so I can play spring ball and if I left then, I would have three years of eligibility and a redshirt season available."

We'll have more on Malone in the coming weeks, but tomorrow the Rams (7-1) take on Foothill at home.

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