Sophomore defensive lineman Malik Vann already holds seven scholarship offers. On Saturday he hopes to make it eight when he visits Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game.
“They e-mailed my coach and I’m going to that game,” said Vann, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder from Fairfield, Ohio. “They sent me camp dates before but that’s pretty much been it as far as (contact) between the two.”
Notre Dame’s interest in Vann is in its early stages but he already knows plenty about the Irish.
“It's a great school with great tradition and history,” he said. “It's one of the best college football programs in America.”
He plans to make the trip with his mother and stepfather.
Vann has already visited Michigan State, Kentucky and Cincinnati. He hopes to see Penn State and a few others in the near future.
“UK’s new facility is really nice and their 2017 class that is coming in are really good players and we have a kid commit from our conference to go there too, so that was big,” Vann said. “Michigan State being the Big Ten champs and making it to the college football playoffs and playing a good, physical defense that I like is good. Cincinnati, being a hometown kid, I like that. I can go and visit anytime.”
Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia already have offered.
Schools are split between playing Vann at linebacker or defensive end.
“I still don't know,” he said. “Michigan, I went up there and they said they could use me as a linebacker or edge rusher. Cincinnati, Maryland and West Virginia are defensive end. My freshman year I played linebacker and as a sophomore I played defensive end.”
Vann will attend The Opening Regional in Chicago later this spring and also plans to camp at Sound Mind, Sound Body in June.
He will become the second member of his family to play college football. His older brother Marquise signed with Connecticut in 2011 and just finished his fifth year at the school and is now working out for the NFL Draft.