The Texas A&M Football team is on its way to another elite recruiting class in 2022, with a group of guys who have been bouncing in and out of the top ten in their year’s recruiting rankings. Currently, the class is ranked as the 12th-best in its class, though it’s widely believed that they’ll make a huge jump before the end of the recruiting cycle.
Among that class is a handful of star players, including 5-star quarterback Connor Weigman and a platoon of extremely talented 4-stars from the state of Texas. Even though this class is the Aggies’ worst in the past three seasons on paper, there’s more talent than Jimbo Fisher will know what to do with.
One player is a prime example of this.
2022 Texas A&M Football commit Malick Sylla is going to be a huge problem for the SEC
One of the less-talked-about prospects in this class is Malick Sylla, an edge rusher out of Katy, Texas. His teammate Bobby Taylor joined him as the second player from Katy High School to commit to the Aggies. The two can be seen in more than a handful of photos together, doing the same thumbs-up pose every single time. I mean it when I say every single time.
The 6-6, 230-pound monster of a defensive lineman is tearing it up at the high school level, playing well enough to earn offers from virtually every school imaginable. His offer sheet contains the names of 32 schools, notably including Alabama, Texas, USC, LSU, and others.
There’s a reason for that too — Sylla is one of the most exciting edge rushers out of the state of Texas in a long time. With god-given size, he’ll likely bulk up a bit before he makes his way to Aggieland. Right now, he’s already projected to be a first-round pick down the road.
Right now, Sylla is a raw athlete as opposed to a refined edge rusher. He relies on his athleticism and size, neither of which any offensive lineman can stop, to reach the backfield. That said, he doesn’t shy away from a challenge, seeing the same amount of success against larger offensive linemen.
With his height, Sylla isn’t just a big body on the defensive side of the ball — he’s a pass-rushing specialist. This giant edge rusher is able to get up to disrupt passing lanes while keeping the quarterback on edge for the entirety of each play. Perhaps the most exciting thing is his natural instincts. Despite having a long way to go technique-wise, as all high school prospects do, he knows where to be and when to be there.
Sylla’s ranking dropped slightly due to a recent season-ending injury but the Katy defensive end could see a resurgence in 2021, potentially jumping back toward 5-star status.
In his last full season as a sophomore, he recorded 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. As a sophomore.