Malik Vann had Michigan State and Wisconsin in his top 6, but he isn’t headed to the Big Ten.
The 4-star defensive end from Fairfield, Ohio, instead committed to Cincinnati on Tuesday.
— Malik Vann❕ (@MalikVann7) April 18, 2017
Vann visited Cincinnati for the Bearcats’ spring game on Friday, and it didn’t take long for him to announce his final decision. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive end is rated as the No. 12 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2018 and the No. 12 player in Ohio by the 247Sports Composite.
His top 6 consisted of Cincinnati, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Alabama. Vann seemed a strong Michigan State lean when he announced the final half-dozen last week; as of Tuesday, not a single recruiting analyst had predicted him to commit to Cincinnati on 247Sports Crystal Ball and 9 had him going to the Spartans.
Michigan State will still have its chance, as Vann’s commitment won’t be final until the new National Signing Day in December — at the earliest. Mark Dantonio and his staff will undoubtedly pursue Vann until he signs, but getting him to flip won’t be easy.