Michigan State Football Recruiting: Despite Parents' Disinterest, Malik McDowell Picks Spartans

Malik McDowell Chooses Michigan State Over Parents

2/5/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

It might be a little awkward when mom and dad have to walk him down the field on Senior Day in a few years, but Malik McDowell of Southfield High School in Detroit (MI) has announced that he will play for Michigan State this fall. Blog Photo - Michigan State Football Recruiting: Despite Parents' Disinterest, Malik McDowell Picks Spartans

McDowell’s parents had voiced their feelings toward the state of Michigan, wanting their sought-after son to leave for Ohio State or Florida State (although his father gave his blessing to Sparty just minutes before his decision).

On Monday, his mother told the Detroit Free Press that “we don’t want him at FSU” because “something happened” during what was apparently a bad visit to East Lansing.

That wasn’t enough to keep McDowell, a consensus five-star defensive end and the No. 3 overall player at his position (247Sports), from wanting to suit up in green and white.

McDowell has unbelievable size (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) and surprisingly has more room to develop some baby fat into muscle. He’s one of the more fearsome and dominant defensive linemen in his class and should vie for playing the second he arrives to campus.

A true disrupter, he trucked his way to 98 tackles, 8.0 sacks and three forced fumbles his senior year between time at strong side and tackle.

McDowell pushes coach Mark Dantonio's 2014 recruiting class three spots forward to No. 31 overall and fourth in the Big Ten Conference, according to the 247 Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

National Signing Day drama never disappoints, but I was hoping for something a little more like this.


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