Ohio State, Michigan State continue battling on recruiting trail
FEB 05, 2014 12:43p ET
After news came late Tuesday night that Chicago offensive lineman Jamarco Jones decided to stick with his OSU verbal commitment rather than flip to Michigan State, attention turned from the Second City to the Spartans' home state, where Malik McDowell scheduled an announcement for Wednesday morning.
McDowell, a five-star defensive end from Southfield, Mich., was in the headlines in the days leading up to National Signing Day because as he considered committing to Michigan State, his parents made public statements indicating they did not want him to be a Spartan but preferred to see him go to Ohio State, Florida State or Michigan.
The 6-6, 292-pounder went against those wishes Wednesday, announcing at a press conference at his school he will play for head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, whose unit led the nation was a catalyst for defeating Oho State in the Big Ten Championship Game and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
But just when you thought the drama was over, Rivals.com reports that McDowell did not sign a NLI, and the the signing impasse between son and the parents remains on-going.
FOX Sports Ohio will have more on McDowell's decision as new information becomes available.
One name that can now officially be added to the Buckeyes' list of recruits, is Darius Slade. The three-star defensive end from Montlcair, N.J., had verbally committed to Michigan State, but made a last-minute decision to sign with the Buckeyes Wednesday morning.
DE Darius Slade tells me his letter of intent is "on its way" to Ohio State. He said he will send it to the buckeyes soon.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 5, 2014
As of now, Ohio State's class consists of 23 players, including defensive end prospects Dylan Thompson of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic and Jalyn Holmes of Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor.