The journey of Hamilton (Ohio) athlete Malik Verdon has seen several twists and turns over the years. After starting his career at West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, Verdon saw early recruiting interest catching the eye of Mississippi State and Florida who extended verbal offers his freshman year.
After one season Verdon left the Firebirds program and headed to the Greater Catholic League and Moeller High School where big things were expected.
As a sophomore Verdon saw spot action behind senior quarterback Mitch McKenzie with many feeling Verdon would step forward and lead the Crusaders offense for the next two seasons.
Under a new head coach, Verdon and the Crusaders got off to a rough start that saw Verdon play quarterback, wide receiver and some defense as the Crusaders coaching staff look for answers by going more with senior Drew Altemuehle at quarterback.
By mid-October Verdon had seen enough and transferred to Hamilton sitting out the rest of the season and looking for a fresh start.
Despite the lack of his on field play, college coaches didn’t back away from the 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete and Monday, Verdon ended his recruitment with his verbal pledge to Chuck Martin and the Miami RedHawks.
The following are highlights from last season showing why many feel Verdon has yet to tap his overall potential.