Most of the schools on Langham’s list are recruiting him as a strong side defensive end. He has the reputation as a strong pass rusher and he also does a good job of playing the run.
Before he named his top 11, Malik had no idea how many schools would be on the list. “I was looking at the schools that were recruiting me and I wanted to narrow it down to the ones that had the best combination of what I am looking for in a school. It just happened to come out to 11.”
There hasn’t been any movement since he announced his list. ‘Right now all of the schools are on equal footing and no school is above the others.” Malik does feel that the better academic schools on his list could have an advantage. “I know football will be over at some point in my life and I want to be able to fall back on my education and make the best of my life after football is over.”
Georgia Tech is one of the schools on Malik’s final 11. Malik has developed a relationship with Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton. “He talks to me about life after football and how Georgia Tech can really set me up for my future.” The two have also talked about how Malik would fit into the Tech defense and into the football program. Coach Pelton has also talked to Malik about how he would be able to major in physical therapy.
Langham likes that Tech is located in the city of Atlanta. “There would be so many opportunities for me there when my playing days are done.” Malik also like how the campus is located within the city.
Summer visits will be the avenue that Malik uses to get to a point where he can narrow his list even further. “I will talk to my parents and see what visits we can make. They will be heavily involved in my recruitment.” At this point, the only thing that Malik knows for sure is that he will be making his decision after his senior football season.
While taking his visits this summer, Malik will be looking to see how he fit into the school academically as well as how he’ll fit with the football program. “I’d like to go to a college that my parents are comfortable with and one that they feel is a good fit for me. “ Like many recruits, Malik will be looking for a coaching staff that will push him on and off the field.