KATY, Texas – There's always a "tell."
When playing cards, there is always a "tell" – someone touching their face or looking away from the dealer.
In football, the good ones can recognize the "tell."
Katy's Malick Sylla is the next "freak." Every time he lines up against an opposing offensive lineman, they give away the "tell" every time.
Who wouldn't against a 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end who also runs the open 200-meters in track.
"When guys line up against me, I see them shaking," the sophomore laughs. "Because of my speed, they are trying to beat me to where I'm going. The start shaking and leaning early to the side they are going. As soon as they do that, it's over."
You have to be elite if you are going to crack the starting lineup at Katy… as a sophomore.
During a scrimmage against Klein Collins last summer, Sylla played 10 plays and had five sacks.