Malik Hairston was hoping to have a decision about his future by now, but it appears his recruitment will last a little longer. Michigan, Ohio State, Kansas and UCLA have emerged as the teams to beat for the 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard / small forward from Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI. Hairston has spent a great deal of time watching all four teams, but that hasn’t made his decision any easier.
“Michigan, Ohio State, Kansas and UCLA are my top schools,” Hairston said. “I’ve been to some Michigan games and some Ohio State games, so I have had the opportunity to watch those two teams up close. I have also watched Kansas and UCLA play on the television. I am very interested in all four schools right now, so this is going to be a difficult decision.”
When it comes time for Hairston to give a commitment to one of the aforementioned schools, one might get the impression that Michigan and Ohio State are the teams to beat. He is very familiar with both programs and has spent quite a bit of time on each campus, but that does not mean Hairston is guaranteed to attend either schools.
“I spoke to Coach (Norm) Roberts from Kansas yesterday and Coach (Ben) Howland from UCLA two days ago,” Hairston said. “UCLA has a game against Michigan later this month and I plan to attend that game. I really Kansas and UCLA very much.
“Like I said earlier, all four schools are great. Ohio State might be struggling right now, but that will have no impact on my decision. All four teams are playing different schedules and are seeing different levels of competition.”
Rivals.com ranks Hairston no. 6 on the Rivals150 list and the best shooting guard in the class of 2004.