Cincinnati '18 OH DE - Malik Vann (Cincinnati Verbal)

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    MALIK VANN SHIFTING HIS STANCE ON PLAYING DEFENSIVE LINE

    In early April, following a spring practice visit to Ohio State, four-star 2018 prospect Malik Vann told 11W that the Buckeyes were recruiting him a little differently than other schools near the top of his list.

    "They want me to play defensive line –– add weight," Vann said. "I'm a linebacker by design. I'm 240 (pounds) they'd like to see 255-260."

    At the time, the Fairfield, Ohio standout was not entirely into the idea and told us he wanted to be recruited at linebacker, but it appears his tune is changing, at least a little bit.

    "I've been getting defensive end offers," Vann told Eleven Warriors. "But some schools would want me as their hybrid-type. Rush the passer, and drop back in coverage. So as long as I'm playing, position isn't a huge concern."

    To get more prepared for college, Vann has been working on improving his game by watching some of the NFL's best at linebacker and defensive line.

    "I like watching Vonn Miller, Kahlil Mack, Geno Atkins, guys like that," Vann said. "I've tried to focus on my pass-rush moves to help better the transition to end. My confidence there keeps growing, but there is a lot still that needs to be improved."

    The Buckeyes are looking forward to seeing the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder this summer at camp to see exactly where he fits into their system. He's making a visit to Notre Dame next month – and the Irish have offered – and will come to Ohio State to work one-on-one with Larry Johnson, Sr. at least once.
     
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    Malik Vann staying patient, will visit Ohio State this weekend

    DL Malik Vann, a 4-star prospect from Fairfield, Ohio, will visit the Buckeyes this weekend.

    “I’m coming up (to Ohio State) on Saturday,” Vann told Land of 10. “My coach asked me if I wanted to go.”

    Vann will head to campus with his Fairfield High teammate, 5-star OL Jackson Carman, as he continues to wait for an offer from the Buckeyes. Vann is the country’s 11th-ranked strong-side defensive end — despite the fact that he’s transitioning to the line from linebacker, where he played prior to last season. He’s up to 260 pounds and says the message from Kerry Coombs, Ohio State’s assistant coach who is recruiting him, is to not fret about when or if he’ll be offered by the Buckeyes.

    “His message is just to be patient,” Vann said of his conversations with Coombs. “I’m focusing on the (offers) I have, and if it happens, it happens. If not, so be it. I’m hearing the most from Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Pitt and Louisville.”
     
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    Malik Vann | Fairfield (Ohio) | ★★★★
    Vann is a top-15 player in Ohio who doesn’t have an Ohio State offer at this time but does have almost 25 offers from across the country.

    Vann played linebacker his first two seasons of high school at Fairfield but has worked hard to turn himself into a top-tier defensive lineman at the request of college coaches. He’s a big fan of Notre Dame and Michigan State among the teams that have offered him, but a Buckeyes offer would change things considerably.
     
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