At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, it's hard to miss 2014 defensive end Josh Malin when he's on the field for Cibolo Steele. He put together a strong performance, complete with a sack, in Steele's 45-0 romp over a good San Antonio Roosevelt squad.
"It's always been a progressive way we've been building," Malin said. "We've had some hard days in practice, and just the team effort has been great. We just need to stay humble and keep working."
You could describe Malin's ascension the same way. As a freshman, Malin already had a nice frame at 6-4 200, but rarely played. Now, at two inches taller and a whopping 55 pounds heavier, Malin is a key part of the Steele defense, holding up against the run, rushing the passer and batting down passes at the line. And he's more than just a big body with length, clocking 40 times in the 4.8 range.
"It's been really great to keep improving," Malin said. "This is mostly just eating a lot, working out a ton and running."
With the way Malin has grown, and his frame that's still filling out and adding weight, some think he could grow into an offensive tackle at the next level. But for now, he's one part of a terrorizing Steele defense that has four shutouts in its last six games.
Malin doesn't have any offers yet, though that could change with a typical Steele playoff run, or even when schools really check him out in the spring. He's hearing quite a bit from Baylor, LSU, Boise State and UTSA, and said he hopes Texas and Texas A&M will step up their interest soon.