Name: Malcolm Folk
Position: Defensive Back
Weight: 191 lbs.
Hometown: Pottsgrove, Pa.
High School: Episcopal Academy
2020 stats: As was the case for many high schools around the country, Folk’s didn’t have a senior season. But he did have 108 tackles and three picks during his career, while putting up solid numbers on the offensive side of the ball as well.
2021 projections: The fact that Folk’s on campus already gives him a leg up toward getting on the two-deep at safety, but it won’t be easy given how many guys return after seeing the field last year for the Syracuse Orange. Even if he’s not a frequent contributor, though, he’s likely worked in while avoiding burning the redshirt.
How’d he get here?: Folk said “no thanks” to Northwestern, Army, Buffalo, Rice, Kent State and numerous others, in order to come to Syracuse.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Everyone said three stars, and he was rated a top-100 safety in the country.
Money quote: Folk shared why he was eager to commit to SU and get up to campus this past January —
“With COVID, it kind of made sense for me to get up there. I also play basketball and it doesn’t look like we’re going to have a basketball season this winter and it just kind of made sense for me to get up to Syracuse and start things a little bit earlier.”
Twitter feed: @malcolmfolk3
Tweets of wonder: The Orange put in work during the early signing period and National Signing Day, with some excellent album covers like this one.
Folk Szn, coming to the 'Cuse in 2021. Welcome, @malcolmfolk3— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) December 16, 2020
Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/0LCcT7qIB1
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Can’t ignore the obvious answer in year one. Denzel Washington starred in Malcolm X back in 1992, and the Spike Lee film was nominated for two Oscars. Of course, it’s a biopic about the Black activist and leader of the same name, shedding additional light on Malcolm’s story and its importance.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Folk’s hometown of Pottsgrove is just 30 minutes away from Berwyn, Pa. — part of the inspiration for HBO’s Mare of Easttown, which you may or may not have watched this spring. Personally, I’m curious if Folk saw the show, and if so, if he felt like it got the Delco-area aesthetics correct.
Let’s get a look at ya: Hudl time!