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Malik Dear as at home on the football field, and he can do so many things so very well.
In 2013, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound standout played a little running back, some receiver, and spent time at quarterback for the Mustangs of Murrah High in Jackson (Miss.), and recorded over 1,600 all-purpose yards as a junior.
"It's very fun," Dear said of his multi-purpose role. "I think me moving around helps my teammates and others get an opportunity to sign as well. It's fun and very helpful for the team so I like to do it."
He is no stranger to the quarterback position - in fact, it is probably the position he knows best.
"It's the position I've been playing since I started football," Dear said. "I just have the IQ so I can switch out of a call if it's a bad play. Me and coach think alike and sometimes he doesn't see things on the field I see and I can help get into a better play, so I just love playing quarterback."
His play and intelligence on the field has made him one of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi, and he has attracted offers Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, and Texas. Since he is willing and able, many college programs have talked about opportunities at different positions.
"Right now I know Ole Miss is looking at me at running back and Mississippi State is looking at me as an athlete-type and I think everyone else is kind of looking at me as a wide receiver," Dear said.
In addition to his duties on the high school field, he was also able to take a couple of unofficial visits this fall, including a trip to Mississippi State last Thursday.
"I liked it," Dear said. "That was my first time going around to everything and not just football. I like the people up there and the environment. The people are so nice and it's just a family up there."
Before his trip to Starkville, he made a visit to Ole Miss, when the Rebels hosted the Texas A&M Aggies.
"It was a very hyped," Dear said. "Before the game, everybody was hyped and ready for the game. They're just one family over there too and they're ready to accept me already. I was just talking to folks and they were ready for me to come already."
As for any favorites among his college choices, he does have two.
"Right now the top are Ole Miss and Mississippi State," Dear said.
Jason Howell is the Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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