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Malik Gaither is looking for a college home because he has something to prove.

STOCKBRIDGE — When it comes down to the college recruiting road, many are either overlooked or left searching for those key offers.

Following a successful season where the 2020 graduate compiled 86 tackles, seven sacks, 18 tackles for loss and interception and five forced fumbles, Woodland High’s Malik Gaither is looking for an opportunity at the next level.

The uncommitted senior has some interest from Tennessee State, Alabama State and Alabama A&M but knows the recruiting road is tough as he’s looking for offers.

“I’m not the one to make excuses,” Gaither said.

“I think everything happens for a reason and God puts obstacles in our way to overcome them.”

It’s apparent he wants to reach the next level when Gaither said he’s a coachable athlete that wants to be a leader for a team.

“I feel like talk is cheap,” Gaither said. “Just get the job done and you will seek the benefits you worked hard for.”

It’s known around the Henry County area that Woodland was a team that just couldn’t put it together finishing 7-23 over the past three seasons.

Gaither believes it may have factored into recruitment hitting a lull of sorts but he wanted to keep playing hard through it all.

”I kept playing hard through the tough times because I wanted more in life and I’m not a quitter,” Gaither said.

“Once I start something I’m going to finish it and I keep grinding everyday because I have something to prove.

”I’m not trying to prove everyone they were wrong for. Overlooking and doubting me,” he continued. “I mostly want to prove myself right. That I am worthy enough to compete on the next level because I think I have what it takes to successful on and off the field.”

Sports Editor

Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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