In the years under Tommy Tuberville, the Cincinnati Bearcats rarely brought in recruits of a four-star pedigree. That has changed under new head coach Luke Fickell who has led a staff that is landing major commitments from some major prospects. The most recent jewel in the recruiting crown is Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, Ohio.
247Sports predicted that Vann would choose Michigan State among his plethora of options. Those options included offers from super powers like Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin. But Vann has spurned the open arms of Power 5 programs in favor of the Bearcats, who are in the midst of a renaissance, even if its just in recruiting since we won’t see actual game play for another few months.
Vann is a 6’2”, 270-pound strong side defensive end, according to 247Sports. The recruiting site ranks him as the No. 12 recruit in Ohio for the 2018 class and the No. 12 recruit at his position.
Vann joins four others who have committed to UC so far, all of them coming from the Buckeye State. Josh Whyle is another four-star recruit and a local one at that, with the tight end hailing from Cincinnati. Three-star linebacker Ty Van Fossen, defensive end Black Bacevich and offensive tackle Colin Woodside are planning on attending UC as well.
For a look at Vann in action, check out some highlights from his junior year below.