The Oklahoma staff (and fans) received more encouraging news on the recruiting front for 2018. Four-star defensive end Malik Vann from Fairfield High School (Fairfield, OH) announced on Tuesday night that the Sooners have made the cut for his final six schools. Along with OU, the talented pass rusher holds offers from a host of schools and includes Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin in his list.
At 6-3, 270 pounds, Vann shows the speed and agility to be a solid pass rusher in OU’s scheme and with some time in the weight room, should stack up well with the guys on the roster now. According to Rivals, his commitment announcement could come sooner than his planned date of June 26, and Vann has already eliminated Notre Dame due to the Irish being full at his position. Although Sparty appears to be the current leader, the Ohio product also holds the Bearcats and new head coach/former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell in high regard. The Sooners will have their work cut out for them if the Fairfield star does want to stay close to home.
But Coach Thibodeaux and company seem to have made quite the impression on the young man. After all, if the kid wants to be a champion there is only one Oklahoma.
Following his visit to Norman last weekend, Malik Vann heads to Cincinnati this Friday and Knoxville on April 22. If the Sooners do end up landing him, it’ll be an interesting time on the sideline for the Ohio native during next September’s Buckeyes-Sooners showdown in Columbus.
Malik Vann Highlights
Elsewhere closer to home, Texas three-star prospect Reese Moore from Seminole High School has also narrowed down his list to six schools that includes Oklahoma as well. Moore is ranked as the No. 49 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports Composite.
Moore, a versatile athlete who lines up at tight end, defensive end and punter at the high school level, is being recruited by Bill Bedenbaugh to play on the offensive line at OU. At 6-6, 270 pounds, the Seminole star will definitely get to know Coach Schmidt and the OU weight room pretty well but if he adds to his frame and develops through the next couple of years, his athleticism will be a real asset in OU’s up-tempo offensive scheme. He would be an excellent open-field blocker for the stable of skill players the Sooners have stockpiled for the future.
And if the time ever calls for it he could also pull a Chris Chester — fellow tight end-to-lineman convert — and make a surprise end zone grab against those unaware of his multi-faceted skill set. (I’ll never get enough of that play.)
Along with the Sooners, Reese Moore is also considering TCU, SMU, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Texas in his final six after eliminating schools such as Baylor, UCF, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others so far through his recruitment process.
Reese Moore Highlights