With each passing day, Malik Hairston inches one-step closer to making a decision about his future. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard / small forward from Renaissance High school in Detroit, MI., has decided to sign his Letter of Intent during the spring period, but he plans on making a commitment during the month of November or, at the very latest, during the first few days of December.
“Arizona and Oklahoma are just starting to get involved in my recruitment. I guess you could say they are in the beginning stages,” Hairston said. “I took an official visit to UCLA and they had been very involved in my recruitment at one time. They backed off for a period of time, but the staff is recruiting me again.
“Michigan, Ohio State and Kansas are the schools that I really like,” he added. “The three other schools are involved as well. I plan on signing during the late period, but I will make a commitment by the end of November or at the start of December.”
It is believed that Hairston will eventually end up playing for Jim O’Brien and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The coaching staff has done an excellent job recruiting the Michigan native, but Hairston has not made that decision just yet.
“I really like the coaching staff at Ohio State. They have done a tremendous job with their program,” Hairston said. “I believe I could come in as a freshman and have a big impact on the Ohio State program. I really like everything about the school.
“I also have those same feelings for Kansas and Michigan,” he added. “Kansas has never stopped calling me throughout this entire process. The coaching staff has always stayed in contact with me. I could definitely see myself playing at Kansas. It is too early to tell, but there is a chance that I could take an unofficial visit to Michigan before I make a decision about what school I will attend. I really have a great deal of interest in the Michigan program."
Rivals.com ranks Hairston No. 6 on the Rivals150 list and the best shooting guard in the class of 2004.