The Malik McDowell Saga Continues, Visits Likely

By D.J. Byrnes on February 10, 2014 at 1:03p
Greg McDowell, father of Michigan State football commit Malik McDowell, signs paperwork at his son's national signing day press conference at Southfield High School on Wednesday. It's not known what documents were signed, but the Spartans have yet to receive a signed national letter of intent or Big Ten tender document. (Katie Bailey l MLive.com)
Greg McDowell, father of Michigan State football commit Malik McDowell, signs paperwork at his son's national signing day press conference at Southfield High School last Wednesday. (Katie Bailey l MLive.com)
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Malik McDowell, a five-star DE from Detroit, announced during last week's National Signing Day that he would be attending Michigan State.

This did not go over well with his parents, especially Mama McDowell, who is adamant her son will not attend Michigan State. Welp, per Rivals, the most bizarre recruitment story in 2014 has taken another twist:

"I know he is open to taking some unofficials to Florida State and Ohio State," Greg McDowell said. "We plan on doing some unofficials and see if he and his mom can resolve this. It's possible she'll be open to Michigan State as well, so we'll have to see."

Greg McDowell also noted that Michigan is still in the picture, and conversations are ongoing with all three finalists he did not pick on National Signing Day.

"One thing I have to say about those schools is after hearing everything, they were calling -- not on the recruiting aspect, but calling to see if the family was all right," Greg McDowell said. 

The McDowells have really run an entry-level course on how not to handle your son's recruitment. Obviously a player of McDowell's talents would be welcomed with open arms in Columbus, but a family divided is never a good thing.

McDowell could also wait out his mom and still end up at Michigan State without her consent by simply signing a financial aid agreement later this year.

Hopefully the McDowell hostage situation is resolved soon, but Greg McDowell says they'd like to have this cleared up by... the end of March.


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