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Fairfield (OH) four-star defensive end Malik Vann excited about Wisconsin after campus visit

For Scout 300 defensive-end Malik Vann, returning to Madison for Sunday's spring practice was a great decision.

After visiting Wisconsin in the fall for the Badgers’ prime-time home game against Ohio State, Malik Vann made a return trip to Madison to see what else the Badgers had to offer with his summer decision looming. It turned out to be a smart choice for the Scout 300 prospect.

“Really I just wanted to see Wisconsin as a whole,” Vann told BadgerNation. “It was a great move to come back to Madison.”

Getting a chance to watch the Badgers go through their third spring practice, Vann was impressed with the workout, the facilities and getting a chance to speak to the UW coaching staff.

“They’re a top notch staff with players who can back them up,” Vann said. “They tell me I would be a perfect fit in their scheme. I fit the mold of the place. It feels great and very rewarding from what I’ve done on the field. Very humbling.”

Sunday’s trip back to campus impressed Vann so much, that he’s already contemplating when he might make it back up to Wisconsin again.

“The visit went very, very well,” said Vann. “I was shown the entire campus and I got to do the academic tour. I got a true feel for Wisconsin. It was a great experience for me and my mother, and I just cannot wait to be back.”

After seeing Madison multiple times, just where do the Badgers stand with the national recruit? 

“They (Wisconsin) are very high,” Vann said. “Wisconsin is a great program with more success to come. They win, and the work they put in beforehand to perform well is outstanding.”

Ranked as the nation’s No. 23 defensive end in the 2018 class, Vann had an early summer decision date in mind, but says the trip to Wisconsin may chance his timeline.

“My decision date was June 26th,” Vann said, “but now we’ll see if I move it back.”

Vann has visits lined up to Cincinnati, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in the next few weeks.


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