Malik McDowell finally signs with Michigan State
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.
— FAT LEEK (@D1_LEEK) April 2, 2014
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the letter of intent had been received.
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) April 2, 2014
Dantonio’s tweet also included a link to a McDowell highlight reel that had been set to go on the real signing day.
McDowell (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) maintained throughout that he wanted to head to East Lansing to play for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions.
His mother, Joya Crowe, wanted her son to go just about anywhere but Michigan State.
"We don’t want him at MSU," she told the Detroit Free Press a couple months ago. "Something happened, I don’t want to put it out there what it was, but I had a bad experience at MSU."
McDowell’s other top choices included Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.
In the end, it appears he’ll wind up where he wanted to all along, but not before one of the most bizarre, controversial recruitments of the year.