Meet the 'Jackets: Malik Culp

Photo courtesy of Nick Mebruer
Lebanon senior Malik Culp (52) throws a block during a high school football game against the Waynesville Tigers last season. Culp will return to the LHS offensive line after starting 12 games last year.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Leading the way this fall for the Lebanon Yellowjackets’ offensive line will be Malik Culp. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound senior, started 12 games at left tackle for LHS last season.

Arguably the most consistent player for Lebanon a year ago, Culp’s strong play helped him earn Missouri Class 5 Third Team All-State along with First Team All-Ozark Conference honors.

Lebanon offensive line coach Garett Wade had high praise for Culp and his work ethic.

“Malik is a very athletic lineman,” Wade said. “It isn’t often that you see a person of that size, with quick feet, and have the ability to bend. He fits our offensive scheme so well because it requires our linemen to move around in space. Another part of his game that isn’t easy to notice is his football intelligence.  He understands the objective of the play and why he has to make certain blocks. 

“It has been fun to watch Malik buy into the offensive lineman mentality over the last few years. I think he has grown to love playing on the O-Line. As a person, Malik is very quiet and humble. He is a good leader, and much of our team looks up to him.”

The Laclede County Record caught up with Culp to talk to him about the upcoming season and his recent college visit to the University of Wyoming.

LCR — Talk about the strengths of your game and what you contribute on the field.

Malik — My strength on the field is my ability to throw various types of blocks. I feel like I have quick feet and can block anyone that lines up in front of me.

LCR — What are some things that you have tried to improve on during the offseason?

Malik — Over the summer, I have been trying to work on my footwork and how fast I get off the ball and have also been trying to lead by example and be a good leader for the rest of my teammates.

LCR — Talk about the offseason camps you’ve attended and how they’ve helped your game and recruiting profile.

Malik — This summer, I have visited Southern Illinois, and they worked on quickness and working with the hands. I also visited Wyoming, and they worked on my footwork, pass walking, and they also tweaked my pass blocking.

LCR — How was your visit to Wyoming?

Malik — On my visit to Wyoming, they talked about how they don't care if you are a five-star athlete or top five in the country, they want players they can develop and mold into their own system. I enjoyed how everywhere I turned it felt like a close community that felt like home; everyone was rooting for everybody.

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