Albany High’s Malik Dungee is a three-sport standout for the Indians. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
Editors Note: Albany High athlete Malik Dungee was a member of the Albany Herald’s Dynamite Dozen team. The Herald spotlights him this week. Another member of the team will be profiled next Friday.
ALBANY — Beatles founder John Lennon once said that “life is what happens while you were busy making other plans.”
Albany High School athlete Malik Dungee wasn’t even born during Lennon’s time, but considering the defensive back/wide receiver’s schedule, the line between life and other plans is blurred beyond recognition.
A three-sport athlete who plays football, basketball and runs track, Dungee has little time for much else.
“I’ve coached him the past four years,” Albany High coach Felton Williams said. “He’s a great kid to have around. He’s the kind you don’t get in your program very often. He can play any position except offensive/defensive line.”
The Indians’ lone selection to the Albany Herald’s Dynamite Dozen team, Dungee plays both sides of the ball and even handles the kicking duties.
“He excels in all three sports,” Williams said. “Whatever he’s doing, he tries to put his best into it, but I think football will be his big ticket. Smart kid, humble kid, very good academically, physically gifted and talented. Probably the best athlete I’ve coached other than Juwan Young. He’s not far behind that. Doesn’t have a mean streak in him. Other than that, I wish I had eleven more like him.”
When asked about his favorite accomplishment thus far, Dungee replied: “Getting thrown into the fire in football and basketball my sophomore year, and just stepping up to the plate.”
With a 3.3 grade-point averrage and 4.4 speed, it’s a wonder that FBS programs haven’t offered him. However, as crazy as it sounds, it takes more than prolific output on the field to earn an offer. National and local combine events give the top athletes the opportunity to shine on a level playing field. Unfortunately for Dungee, his talents are needed by three different coaches.
“Most of the interest is coming from football,” Dungee said. “Georgia, Kentucky, Kent State, UCF, Mercer, Miami.”
Planning to major in physical therapy and become an athletic trainer, Dungee has already qualified for Division I admission.
“He’d have offers left and right if he could go to those combines,” Williams said. “Simply because he’s so busy with other sports, you don’t want to hold it against the kid, but it’s kind of a Catch-22. He’s running track while I’m taking kids to the Nike combines. He’s playing basketball when kids are playing in the Junior Bowl. I hope that schools don’t overlook him because he hasn’t been able to make it out there.”
The couple of times Dungee has made it out to a combine, he’s made his presence known. At the National Underclassman Combine in Conyers in June, he took home the overall MVP award for juniors.
“I got my name out there,” Dungee said. “But not as much as I wanted to. I started a little too late.”
Luckily, there’s months before he’ll have to make a decision.
“He can play at any level,” Williams said after an Indians practice on Wednesday. “I’ve told scouts that have come through that he’ll be a sleeper. He may not look like it, being about 150 pounds soaking wet, but he can play at any level.”
Individual goals aside, Dungee’s plan is to take the Indians to heights they haven’t reached in quite some time.
“I put my team first every time,” he said. “I want us to get at least seven wins and make the playoffs. Other than that, whatever to make the team better before I leave.”