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Football Recruiting
Parents Don't Want McDowell at MSU
By Rob Ogden

For the second time in two months, it could all come down to Ohio State and Michigan State.

The two teams battled it out for the Big Ten Championship in December, and now they're fighting for the services of a highly regarded defensive linemen, and this time, parents are involved.

Six-foot-six, 292-pound, five-star recruit Malik McDowell, a Detroit native, will decide between Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Florida State.

But if it were up to his parents, the Spartan hat wouldn't even be on the table.

McDowell's mother, Joya Crowe, spoke to the Detroit Free Press on Monday and explained why she doesn't want her son in East Lansing.

According to the report, Crowe had an unpleasant experience on the Michigan State visit. She didn't go into much detail, but added that she and McDowell's father, Greg, also fear "too much social life" at Michigan State.

“I want him to get a good education,” Crowe said. “Not that he can’t get a good education at MSU. But he also wants to be a first-round pick after college. Nothing is guaranteed, but I don’t think their defensive line coach has the background for that.”

The decision is McDowell's to make, but he will need a parent or guardian to sign the National Letter of Intent that recruits can submit to schools beginning Wednesday.

In all likelihood, if McDowell wants to be a Spartan, his parents aren't going to stop him.

It didn't stop Landon Collins or Gerald Willis, who chose other SEC schools over LSU to the dismay of their mother, April Justin.

“It is what is is. LSU is still number one," a disappointed Justin said following Willis' commitment earlier this month. Even she couldn't stop her sons from going against her will.

According to the report, McDowell's parents believe there are too many distractions at Michigan State, and would prefer that he leaves the state.

Greg McDowell detailed their wishes to 247Sports.com

“You have to be somewhere you have less distractions and be around people that do what you do, go to class, be football players, be a student-athlete," he told the website. "That’s the environment I want him to be around, and not be in close proximity to his friends. I want him out of Michigan. I don’t care if that’s Ohio State or Florida State.”

McDowell is expected to announce his decision around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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