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Dad doesn’t want five-star son playing his college ball in Michigan

Malik McDowell

Yesterday, Kevin brought you a story of how the mothers of high-profile recruits can impact where their sons play their college football.

Today, less than 24 hours from the start of National Signing Day, it’s a father, in concert with his better half, who’s attempting to influence where his son signs.

Malik McDowell is a five-star defensive end from Southfield, Mich., rated as the No. 2 strongside end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan at any position.  The player would like to stay in-state and play for Michigan State.  The father?  Not so much.

I  want him out of Michigan. … We’re basically at the same point, his mother and I, as long as he gets away from Michigan we don’t care where he goes,” Greg McDowell told 247Sports.com. “From when we talked Friday he’s coming around because he knows how adamant we are about him not attending Michigan State.

“I don’t have anything bad to say against Michigan State but I don’t think they’re the school for my son. I think the coaches are cool and they’re establishing a good program, but this is my son and I choose to not want him there. If he were to choose Michigan State I don’t know what I would do. It is what it is. I just want my son away from this environment and Michigan. I want him out of here.”

The elder McDowell would prefer his son sign with either Ohio State or Florida State.  McDowell took an official visit to Columbus this past weekend, two weeks after doing the same in Tallahassee.

Because of geography, though, the Buckeyes could have a leg up on the Seminoles — if Malik McDowell doesn’t follow his heart and head to East Lansing against his parents’ wishes, that is.

“(He is thinking about) what it’s all going to turn out to be as far as family also,” the father told the Detroit News. “I feel like he is thinking about my mom, his grandmother — a lot. His mom’s parents are both deceased, so he only has my mom and my father, and my father is disabled. He wants to keep it close to home as far as my mom being able to come see him. Not just on TV. That’s something where he is very thoughtful in that way about her.”

McDowell, who’s also considering the University of Michigan, is expected to announce his decision at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, with his father stating that “hopefully he’ll make the right choice for himself and the family as well.”

No pressure, kid.  No pressure at all.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Land-Grant Holy Land)

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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30 Responses to “Dad doesn’t want five-star son playing his college ball in Michigan”
  1. gripless says: Feb 4, 2014 11:19 AM

    It would have been interesting to hear the basis for the reasoning?!

  2. rolltide510 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:54 AM

    I get a “want him away from bad influences” vibe.

  3. spunhead73 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:55 AM

    What a piece of crap. Telling his son he can’t play in Michigan. What a f-ing loser.

  4. zemaniak says: Feb 4, 2014 11:59 AM

    South Bend is a stone’s throw away! Will gladly welcome you!

  5. mauldawg says: Feb 4, 2014 12:12 PM

    spunhead, Unlike you some Mothers and Fathers care where their kids go to school. Maybe there is something to this story. You don’t know and either do I. Maybe if someone cared about you when you were growing up you wouldn’t be such a loser. On second thought with a name like spunhead I doubt if you will ever grow up.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:35 PM

    If he’s smart he comes to Tally and wins a title.

  7. thraiderskin says: Feb 4, 2014 12:45 PM

    FSU has enough studs, spread the wealth… As a Buckeye fan, if he doesn’t want to go to Ohio State, but is sort of forced to, that isn’t right. I hope he chooses a place he will be comfortable with.

  8. jbaxt says: Feb 4, 2014 1:01 PM

    Sounds to me like he might have some bad friends. If it is bad friends the bad thing is no matter where he goes, he can find what he’s looking for, and my bet would be more bad friends. And while dad might think moving him away will help it’s ultimately his sons choice in life. Sucks to be that kid.

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    Hey Malik, Norman Oklahoma is beautiful this time of year, just sayin’….

  10. theuglitruth says: Feb 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    You can’t blame a father for wanting his son out of Michigan. Sure, there are nice neighborhoods if you can afford it, but overall the crime rate is high, and economy is limited. He saying don’t get stuck here!

  11. chinahand11 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:23 PM

    Thank goodness he doesn’t want to go to UM, where he would whither under Hokie.

  12. dhardy8207 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:31 PM

    Most parents want their children in an atmosphere where they will thrive and become even more than their parents hoped. I get it clearly that they are concerned that it will just be about football and not a quality education.

    I applaud them for caring about his future beyond football and the money he might make as in the pros after the collegiate level.

  13. mkoogs says: Feb 4, 2014 3:44 PM

    Come to Columbus. Johnson will make you a first rounder

  14. polegojim says: Feb 4, 2014 3:51 PM

    As a Michigan Fan… as badly as UM needs linemen on both sides of the ball, it’s tough to see him walk…

    But honestly… if he REALLY has a bad environment… association, so-called friends, bad apple family members… WHATEVER… I’d like to see him move on and make the best out of HIS life… IF IF IF that’s all true.

  15. floridacock says: Feb 4, 2014 3:54 PM

    Must live in Detroit. Gamecocks are in need of DE’s AND you can compete against the best!

  16. iftheresahellbelow says: Feb 4, 2014 3:56 PM

    Real simple Malik, Alabama or Auburn. We would love to have you in Auburn. All these jokers can talk about NC until they are blue in the face but numbers don’t lie. Alabama and Auburn have been in each of the last 5 NC games going 4-1. If Auburn had you in Pasadena it could have been 5-0. Don’t waste your time at Michigan and forget Ohio St. The Urban legend has lost its magic. Go to Michigan St if you stay, defending B1G champs and Rose Bowl winners. Even Fl St. would be better than Michigan. Michigan is living in the past. Barely beat UConn last year.

  17. polegojim says: Feb 4, 2014 3:57 PM

    For all of you talking about the MICHIGAN environment… you’re messed up and miss the point.

    1 – he’d be living in Ann Arbor on a scholarship, not living in Detroit. See these stats… be educated and review the fact sources, not just the link source –
    http://www.annarborusa.org/live-here/facts-rankings

    2 – See the 28,000 currently enrolled at UM.

  18. grumpyoleman says: Feb 4, 2014 4:21 PM

    Will mommy and daddy have to pay back FSU for their “loan” if he doesn’t go there?

  19. irishdodger says: Feb 4, 2014 4:37 PM

    polegojim:

    Judging by this article, the Michigan isn’t even in the picture. It’s Michigan STATE where the kid wants to go. You know, the B1G champs & Rose Bowl winning Spartans. Michigan may be a distant 4th behind FSU & tOSU.

  20. primetime0552 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:55 PM

    theuglitruth says:
    Feb 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    You can’t blame a father for wanting his son out of Michigan. Sure, there are nice neighborhoods if you can afford it, but overall the crime rate is high, and economy is limited. He saying don’t get stuck here!

    ===========================

    You do realize there is more to Michigan than Detroit right?

    Grand Rapids was recently voted the number one city in the country to raise a family by Forbes magazine(one of the reasons was affordable housing in great neighborhoods). Michigan is always towards the top by travel magazines/sites for the beauty of the gold cost. I could go on and on about how your statement is incorrect, but I won’t. Yes Detroit is a high crime area, but that doesn’t mean the state has high crime.

  21. vincentbojackson says: Feb 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    Hey kid, get as far away from your father as possible. Parents like these are bad news.

  22. midtec2005 says: Feb 4, 2014 8:59 PM

    I agree that it is most likely bad friends.

    I’m an OSU fan so I don’t particularly like either Michigan school, but they both have great academics, so that can’t be the problem.

  23. gborange says: Feb 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    Must have seen the Hernandez story.

  24. mediocrebob says: Feb 4, 2014 11:16 PM

    I live in Columbus. If I him, I’d either stay in Michigan or head down south to FSU. Columbus sucks.

  25. Professor Fate says: Feb 5, 2014 12:23 AM

    No matter what the details to this story really are, the one thing I find distasteful is dad airing it in public.

    What father who really cares about his kid tries to influence his choice of school by talking to the media?

  26. normtide says: Feb 5, 2014 12:41 AM

    This kid has transfer after one year written all over him. Best of luck, where ever he lands.

  27. cfballfan1 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:32 AM

    This kids parents are seriously misguided, and likely will push him into making a choice that he will be unhappy with. Great start to his collegiate career folks.

    Start thinking about transfer destinations early.

  28. ank003 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    Michigan has a more rigorous academic requirement than the sports only schools mentioned. It’s still a top 20 school in the world by most surveys …the dad may realize his Kid will be expected to learn and he probably isn’t up to the challenge.

  29. afewzigzagsplease says: Feb 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    The state of Michigan is such a dreary place. The kid should consider Stanford if he’s got the grades. There are many places more fun than living in the cold and snow of the Midwest and northeast.

  30. southernpatriots says: Feb 8, 2014 11:31 AM

    polegojim says:
    Feb 4, 2014 3:51 PM
    “As a Michigan Fan… as badly as UM needs linemen on both sides of the ball, it’s tough to see him walk…

    But honestly… if he REALLY has a bad environment… association, so-called friends, bad apple family members… WHATEVER… I’d like to see him move on and make the best out of HIS life… IF IF IF that’s all true.”

    Absolutely a great post my friend! Not only do I wholeheartedly agree, I would say the same if LSU was involved or any other university. For a similar reason, the Mathieu’s wanted to get Tyrann out of New Orleans. Baton Rouge was still a little too close as it happened.

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