It was a busy and productive summer for elite wing prospect Malik Hairston. However, his summer schedule was not conducive to narrowing his college focus. We caught up with him early this week to discuss his latest list. Ohio State, UCLA, Kansas and Michigan State were the big four schools chasing Malik Hairston hard entering the July period. Each one of them remains a major player in his recruitment but they've got some company.
"Kentucky just came in," Hairston said. "Coach Smith called Coach Walker and left a message and then an assistant coach called me a few times."
The new schools beg the question: will the four who have been recruiting him the longest retain their advantage. "Well, it feels like the schools that have already been recruiting me would have an advantage unless I come across a better situation."
"Basically, these other schools have an advantage because they've been recruiting me for a long period and I'm more familiar with their style of play and the coaches."
However, Hairston admits that he's not even close to deciding and is just starting to focus on narrowing his list for official visits. "I guess I didn't actually look at the schools as seriously as I should have."
There's plenty of time for analysis. Right now, Hairston has no official visits set up. It's hard to imagine a scenario where his original four schools dont receive visits because they've been there a long time.
At this point, getting a read on each school and where they stand is difficult. "At this point, its very hard. [Colleges] usually ask where they stand or if another school is in the lead. I kind of let know that everybody is running neck and neck. I'm actually just starting to look at the schools and see which are best for me."
Hairston ranked among our Top 10 prospects in the nation heading into the summer and he built on his pre-summer accomplishments. His Family team lost the Super Showcase title game but that was with Joe Crawford injuring his wrist and missing a ton of action.
Hairston ran into some big time players last month, but one stands out.
"Glen Davis. In the showcase he scored about 28 straight points on us. He had 28 of their 31 in the first half. He's a beast. He only had four in the second half but we couldn't do anything with him in the first half."