Ohio 2018 linebacker Malik Vann added an offer from Michigan State that caught him by surprise.

Fairfield, Ohio sophomore linebacker Malik Vann told Spartan Digest this past weekend he was hoping to earn an offer from Michigan State at some point in the future. That future came sooner than Vann thought it would be as the Spartans extended an offer on Thursday.

A trip by Malik Vann to visit the Michigan State Spartans over spring break with Fairfield (Ohio) head coach Jason Krause and teammate Jackson Carman provided the linebacker with a lasting memory.

“I like Michigan State a lot,” said Vann on Thursday night.  “Going around and meeting some of the players and the defensive coaching staff made me like it even more.  Add in all the facilities they have coming up by the time we put our name to paper, and it will be great up here.”


While excited by the visit itself, Vann’s recruitment quickly changed.

“We (Jackson) were in talking with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and I like him a lot,” he said.  “He’s a real coach and he’s just real.  I even got a smile out of him today.  But we sat down and talked and he spoke about his demeanor and how he cares about his players.  He was talking with me and Jack and said how they had already offered Jack.  He then looked over to me and said we’re going to offer you now.  He said they don’t offer too many 2018 kids, but that they liked what I could do.”

The offer is one the 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker really wanted.

“This was an offer I really wanted,” he said.  “I was shocked and didn’t expect it.  But it came and I was very happy it came.  They are recruiting me as a linebacker and I also got a chance to sit in the linebacker meeting with Coach (Mark) Snyder.  He’s a pretty cool dude and I liked him.”


Vann and Carman are enjoying an extended stay at Michigan State as they are staying with a couple of Spartans.  But it was another Cincinnati kid that caught Vann’s attention.

“We’re staying with a couple of offensive linemen,” Vann said with a laugh.  “Cole Chewins and Noah Listermann.  But I did speak with Shane Jones.  He’s from Moeller and we talked a little bit and he asked about my interest in the program.  So it was really cool to talk with all the guys up here.”

Also on Thursday, Vann added an offer from Kentucky.  The Wildcats are another program that have caught his eye early.

“Kentucky is an offer I really wanted after visiting down there twice,” explained Vann.  “I really like it there and like Coach (Mark) Stoops and Coach (Vince) Marrow.  This is an offer I really wanted because it would be my first SEC offer and is a school that I would consider playing for too.  Plus it’s close to home.”

Up next Vann will visit Michigan, Purdue and then Ohio State on Saturday.

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