McDowell Picks Spartans over Buckeyes
By Rob Ogden
Malik McDowell's mother didn't get her wish, and neither did Buckeye fans.
McDowell is going to Michigan State.
The six-foot-six, 292-pound five-star defensive lineman signed his national letter of intent Wednesday morning around 10 a.m.
In the days leading up to signing day, McDowell, a Detroit native, was considered by many to be a Michigan State lean, but his parents Joya Crowe and Greg McDowell, made it known they didn't want their son in East Lansing.
According to a Monday report in the Detroit Free Press, Crowe had an unpleasant experience on a Michigan State visit that was never resolved.
Malik's father cited too many distractions at Michigan State.
"I want him out of Michigan. I don’t care if that’s Ohio State or Florida State," Greg McDowell told 247Sports.com
Crowe told a Detroit radio station on Tuesday that her son wasn't mature enough to make his own decision, leaving the door ajar for the possibility that his mother might be the one making the final decision, sending him out of state.
McDowell is widely considered one of the top two or three defensive-end prospects in the country, and would have been the 23rd member of Urban Meyer's recruiting class.
Instead, he'll join coach Mark Dantonio's sound Spartan defense.
"I felt like the could get the best out of me," McDowell said. "I took a lot of input from my family, I listened to what they said but I still had to make my own decision. I'm pretty sure they're pretty excited."
Moments before McDowell announced his decision, his father said he would support his son no matter which school he chose.
"I just want what's best for Malik."
Greg McDowell signed the letter of intent minutes later. McDowell's mother wasn't pictured.
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