Although outside his top three, Wisconsin sits high for Fairfield (OH) 2018 defensive end Malik Vann

Wisconsin will have a big opportunity to impress Fairfield (OH) junior defensive end Malik Vann if he visits Madison for a game this fall.

DETROIT - While Wisconsin hasn’t cracked the top three for Fairfield (OH) junior defensive end Malik Vann, the Badgers know that one campus visit could change their standing.

With the Wisconsin staff staying in consistent contact since offering during the spring evaluation period, Vann has already developed a comfortable relationship with the coaching staff and is planning on visiting Madison for a game this fall.

"It's a great academic school, great football program and they produce a lot of defensive lineman to the N.F.L., including the best in the league in J.J. Watt,” Vann told BadgerNation at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. “I'm gonna go to the school that gives me the best chance at making it to the league, and Wisconsin is definitely up there. That's my goal, it has been since day one, and I really hope I can achieve that goal.”

The 6-3, 245-pound Vann sees Wisconsin as an opportunity to improve as a football player, to better himself as a person and graduate with a diploma from a prestigious school. Vann’s parents also have the Badgers as one of their favorite schools.

"My parents love it,” he said. “They are pushing me to visit this summer, but I'm not sure if I can. I'll be up there for fall. I have a lot of other camps/visits this summer so I'm gonna be jammed packed. But what I see in Wisconsin is more than football. The staff really preaches that you can't get the cart before the horse. You have to be patient and work at it. It won't happen overnight, but it's a process."

Holding over 15 scholarship offers, Vann said the biggest area he needs to improve for him is his speed and athleticism. He felt participating in Sound Mind Sound Body helped him a lot, and he plans on attending more camps around the country to continue to improve.

"I need to work on my speed and power,” Vann said. “I need to be more explosive off snap and engaging with the running back or quarterback faster. Wisconsin and other schools told me they love my form and technique, but just working on strength and speed. It will be huge for my future if I can be one of the best athletes in the field."


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