Running back Bryan Malone impressed his high school head coach, among many others, by maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to work hard through a tough rebuilding season this fall at Boiling Springs.
That dedication, it seems, has paid off, as Malone tweeted Monday night that he has verbally committed to continue his academic and football careers at Millersville University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The Bubblers senior told The Sentinel he's excited about the opportunity with the similarly rebuilding Marauders and likes the direction the program is heading.
"I chose Millersville because of multiple reasons," he said. "The education, the culture of football and what it stands for. What sold me was (head coach Greg Breitbach) and how he is shaping this program into something great, and same with the rest of the coaching staff."
Malone, a 5-foot-9, 181-pound back, was a multiple 1,000-yard rusher with Boiling Springs, helping the program to District 3 playoffs the previous two seasons, including 2015 as a starter with nearly 1,400 yards.
This past fall, however, on a roster significantly lacking varsity experience, Malone still rushed 186 times for 1,089 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bubblers (0-10), making a true believer of outgoing head coach Nate Freier.
While Millersville was the only school to offer Malone a scholarship, he'd also picked up interest from Lock Haven, Kutztown and Shippensburg.
The Marauders, in the fourth season under Breitbach, finished 2-9 this season and 1-6 in the PSAC.
The roster includes a bunch of former Mid-Penn Conference athletes, including the top returning running back, Phil Overton from Red Land, and another running back, Sheldon Snell of Harrisburg. Both will be juniors next season.
Malone says he will look to major in either business or media & broadcasting.