For most high school football players headed to college, signing day is the first Wednesday in February.
For 5-star prospect Malik McDowell, it took a little longer.
Nearly two months after announcing during a news conference at his high school that he would attend Michigan State, McDowell finally signed his letter-of-intent to end a roller-coaster recruiting process in which his parents, especially his mother, wanted him to go elsewhere.
McDowell, a defensive end from Southfield (Mich.) High School, confirmed Wednesday morning on Twitter that he had officially signed with the Spartans.
My LOI was sighed and faxed in at 11:12 last night I'm official a Spartan Dawg!!! #GoGreen#GoWhite