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Former Moeller High School QB Malik Verdon enrolls at Hamilton

Posted: 2:37 PM, Oct 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-17 14:37:02-04
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HAMILTON, Ohio — Junior wide receiver/quarterback Malik Verdon has enrolled at Hamilton High School, according to Hamilton interim athletic director Tyler Belew.

Verdon rushed 26 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns in five games for Moeller this season, according to the Greater Catholic League statistics.

Verdon was the Moeller starting quarterback in the season opener against visiting Indianapolis Cathedral at Ballaban Field. He also had 17 pass attempts this season.

Verdon, listed at 6 feet 4 and 210 pounds, rushed six times for 65 yards in Moeller’s 42-6 loss at Elder Oct. 11.

“He is no longer enrolled at Moeller,” Moeller coach Todd Naumann told WCPO Thursday morning. Naumann declined further comment.

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Moeller (1-6) plays host to Cleveland St. Ignatius (3-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Princeton.

Hamilton (3-4, 1-4 Greater Miami Conference) plays at Middletown (1-6, 0-5 GMC) at Barnitz Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.

Verdon is not eligible to play in the remaining Big Blue games this season due to Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaw 4-7-3 regarding the mid-season transfer rule.

Verdon, named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team in 2017, appeared in six games for the Crusaders during the 2018 season as a sophomore, according to the GCL site. In July 2018, WCPO reported Verdon transferred from Lakota West to Moeller.

Verdon competed at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in January 2018 in San Antonio. He earned scholarship offers that included Florida and Mississippi State by January 2018.

Hamilton is projected to finish No. 10 in the Division I, Region 4 computer points standings, according to Steve Shuck. The top eight teams qualify in each region.

Hamilton coach Nate Mahon said the Big Blue are humbled to be discussing the postseason in Week 8 but the focus is on rival Middletown Friday night.

Hamilton is seeking its first postseason appearance since 2010. Mahon, a 2003 Hamilton graduate, is in his first season as the Big Blue head coach.

Hamilton is led by several players including sophomore running back Keyshawn Stephens (513 rushing yards, nine touchdowns), senior linebacker Luke Mattia (67 tackles) and senior safety Kevon Burnett.

“It’s pretty cool to be in the (postseason) conversation,” Mahon said.