- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
WACO, Texas -- Now that his junior season is over, Josh Malin (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) is ready for the start of what could be a hectic recruiting process.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end and his fellow Steele Knights lost in the Class 5A-2 state semifinals to Katy on Saturday.
Malin was plenty involved in the 45-33 loss -- Katy ran the ball 56 times for 317 yards, often right up the middle -- and said the game was one he’ll rewatch over and over this offseason.
“I’ll hand it to them, they’re a pretty good team and their back [Adam Taylor] is good,” he said. “But we shot ourselves in the foot. We just didn’t have what it takes to finish the game.”
Cibolo finished the season 14-1. Malin is sad to see it send, but he is excited to turn his attention to his recruitment.
He’s yet to pick up an offer, but Malin has been talking with LSU, Baylor, Boise State, Northwestern and UTSA this fall and wants to take several junior day trips this spring.
“I’m looking for a great atmosphere and a school with a great defense,” Malin said.
What’s next for a Steele defense that loses senior leaders Jordan Sterns and Erik Huhn after this season? Malin doesn’t think much will change. New guys will step up, and he plans to be one of the seniors who’s leading the charge.
“I’m very motivated now,” he said. “I’m not holding anything back next year.”
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