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Nigel Malone transferring to Kansas State
Sierra High graduate Nigel Malone avoids a tackle in the Lions club High School Football Classic at the University of the Pacific on June 22, 2008. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Former Sierra High football star Nigel Malone will continue his playing career at Kansas State.

The 2008 graduate of Sierra made it official on National Signing Day Wednesday and is a part of a class of newcomers that has 17 players rated as three-star prospects — Malone included — by

Malone, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound cornerback, earned all-NorCal Conference honors last fall for City College of San Francisco — the California Community College Athletic Association state championship runner-up. He racked up 25 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups.

The Rams went 12-1 in each of Malone’s two seasons with the team. On Nov. 27, they routed Fresno City College 52-15 in the Hawaiian Punch Bowl for their second straight Northern California title.

In the state championship, Malone picked off a pass in a 34-7 loss to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. It was also a battle of the nation’s two highest-ranked JUCO squads.

Malone will be joined by CCSF teammate Allen Chapman, who plays the same position, at K-State.

Head coach Bill Snyder said in a press release on that his defensive secondary may have gotten this biggest boost from this year’s class of signees.

“I think we enhanced our secondary a little bit, and we went into the community colleges for secondary help,” he said.

Malone committed to Kansas State (3-5 Big 12, 7-6 overall in 2010) on Dec. 20. He also received offers from Kentucky and New Mexico.

Malone left Sierra High as a record holder in career receptions, reception yards and interceptions, but he may be best remembered for routinely making highlight-reel catches — often with one hand.

In 2007 he was named the Bulletin’s Best All-Around Player. His 52 catches and eight interceptions as a senior are single-season school records.