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Malcolm Davidson stays in state with FAU

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:48 pm

News-Gazette Photo/Marty Maddock
Osceola’s Malcolm Davidson (seated) signs with FAU on Wednesday, joined by Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols.

By J. Daniel Pearson
For the News-Gazette

After electrifying Osceola football fans for the last three years, running back Malcolm Davidson hopes to do the same for Florida Atlantic fans in the future.

On National Signing Day Wednesday, Davidson signed with Lane Kiffin’s Owls — choosing FAU over 30 other schools that offered scholarships.

“In the end it came down FAU, I just got really good vibes from their coaching staff and from their players during my visit,” Davidson said. “This is a great opportunity for me and I feel blessed that I will be able to continue my career in state and close to home.”

Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols said Davidson’s choice was a good one for both the player and the school.

“They are getting a tremendous player and an outstanding young man,” Nichols said.  “Malcolm had some ups and downs during his career but always stayed on point and overcame the difficult issues. But I also think that it’s important for an athlete to pick the right program. They have to ask themselves, ‘How do I fit in to that school’s style of play?’ This is where I think FAU is a good fit for Malcom and Malcom is a good fit for FAU. His talents and strong points as a runner really should mesh with what the Owls like to do on offense.”

Despite missing three games with injury and sharing the spotlight with talented runners Jakobe Thomas, Tayquan Pinellas and Da’nas Pinellas, Davidson still rushed for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year.  A three-year starter he amassed more 3,400 rushing yards in his career.

Davidson’s goals are modest as an incoming freshman.

“I want to go down there, learn everything I can, work hard and hopefully earn some playing time,” Davidson said.  “I’ve been handed a great opportunity, It’s now up to me to take advantage of it.”

Davidson joined teammate defensive tackles Jordan Redmond (Virginia) and Dion Bergman (Wake Forest) as Division I signees. They signed scholarship offers during the new early-signing period in December.

“Malcom and this entire senior class were a really special group. They not only won a lot of games, but they also love each other and care about each other,” Nichols said. “Because they didn’t get the opportunity to have a signing ceremony in December, I invited both of them to be a part of today’s event,” Nichols said. “Both Dion and Jordan said thanks but no thanks, they wanted today to be about Malcolm.  I think that, and the fact that all his teammates are here to congratulate Malcolm, says a lot about how close knit this group was.”

Nichols added that as many as seven other of his senior players, Including defensive back Jaleal Maloney, could also sign scholarship offers on the coming days.

“We have some guys with multiple offers and I think they are weighing their options,” he said.

 

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