The Tar Heels are now a few days removed from signing their early class for the 2022 cycle, which might very well be the best recruiting class for the program in the modern recruiting era. We want to give you an in-depth look at each player in the early signing class over the next few weeks and tell what to expect from them. Today, we break down the state championship performance from 4✮ EDGE Malaki Hamrick.
Hamrick had a productive night for the Golden Lions despite the team allowing Wallace-Rose Hill to run for 395 yards in the 55-34 win, which was his third consecutive state title with the team. He led the team in this one with 15 total tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss, while he also found his way to the quarterback for 1.5 sacks and two quarterback pressures. This game closed out another extremely successful season for Hamrick, who finished with 133 total tackles, 29.0 tackles for loss and 20.0 sacks in 2021.
Hamrick played the bulk of this game at inside linebacker, a spot that he played a lot of after this season after spending his first three seasons almost exclusively at edge rusher. You can tell that this is a position that is still a work in progress for Hamrick, but he has a nose for the football and does a great job of providing pressure regardless of the position that he is at. He has plenty of athleticism and good speed that could allow him to thrive at either position. His length allows him to shed blocks, but the physicality of pulling offensive gives him problems at inside linebacker when they can get a hat on him. Regardless of which position he plays, he will have to add size and more physicality to his game, but his position flexibility is extremely valuable and will give him a better chance to factor in early.
This is just the start of our look at the Tar Heel signees from this fall that we will be doing over the next handful of weeks. We will be giving a look at what to expect from them whenever they arrive to campus, so make sure that you keep it here with the Heel Tough Blog over the offseason.