, Port Arthur, Texas

February 5, 2014

Nederland's Malveaux switches to HBU

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Cabel Malveaux went to bed Saturday night sure he would be playing college football for Incarnate Word in San Antonio. When he arose Wednesday morning, however, the beefy Nederland defensive lineman had a change of heart that led him to Houston Baptist University.

“God led me to this decision,” Malveaux said. “I will be closer to my sister who will transfer from Lamar to a Houston school. I know Houston Baptist plans on not only using me on the defensive line but also in goal line offense. I love getting my hands on the ball down by the goalline.”

Malveaux shared his signing day with fellow defensive lineman DeShawn Washington. Washington never wavered from his decision to attend Texas A&M University. He wouldn’t even jokingly throw up the “Hook Em Horns” hands before signing with the Aggies.

Washington is the first Nederland football player in the Larry Neumann tenure to sign with a SEC school.

“Recruiting was so stressful,” Washington said. “It felt great the day I made the decision and I was able to turn the phone off and not worry about it anymore. Today is a great day being up here with Caleb and sharing this experience with him.

“Everywhere I have been, he has been. It is crazy to think the past four years are over and now we won’t be on the same team anymore. I can tell you this, I will be a huge HBU fan when I am watching football on Saturdays. He has a big fan in College Station.”

Malveaux said the day was a bit emotional in knowing his career playing alongside Washington have come to an end.

“It is special knowing I have him up here with me,” Malveaux said. “I am proud of DeShawn. I really am. To know our time playing football together is splitting, that is hard. I am a huge DeShawn Washington fan and will root for his Aggies.”

Neumann said watching Washington and Malveaux over the years has shown the duos reach impacted farther than the field of play.

“Those two impacted so many young players and kids,” Neumann said. “The biggest thing I can say about them is yes they are great players but they are much better young men. You just don’t get many like them. I wish I could take credit for their attitudes but that comes from their families.

“I started getting sad about them leaving early this football season. I knew our time with those guys was coming to a close and you had to lose leaders like  Caleb Malveaux and DeShawn Washington. They are special guys and that is why they are here today.”

Two Port Neches-Groves Indians signed to play football at the college level.

Receiver Jeremiah Rose inked with Southeastern Louisiana and lineman Allen Soriano signed with Missouri Valley College.