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Going against parents’ wishes, five-star DE Malik McDowell signs with Mich. St.

Malik McDowell

In the end, the son got what the son wanted.

Culminating a couple of days worth of “drama,” Malik McDowell announced Wednesday morning that he has signed with Michigan State.  To further erase any type of doubt as to the five-star defensive end’s football future, McDowell’s father put his Herbie Hancock on the MSU Nation Letter of Intent.

For most of his recent recruitment, McDowell had indicated a desire to become a Spartan.  In recent interviews, however, McDowell’s dad made it clear that neither he nor his wife wanted their son playing football in the state of Michigan in general or Michigan State specifically.

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. 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.”

Greg McDowell had wanted his son to sign with either Ohio State or Florida State.

Despite the uncertainty, MSU has officially landed the biggest fish in its 2014 class and a player who has the talent to contribute immediately.  The lineman from from Southfield, Mich., is rated as the No. 2 strongside end in the country by and the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan at any position.

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8 Responses to “Going against parents’ wishes, five-star DE Malik McDowell signs with Mich. St.”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    Hope it works out for the kid. His folks wanted him to get away from Michigan and I would think they had good reasons for it. I guess he wanted to stick close to home, even though his parents wanted him to spread his wings and go to a better, at least in their opinion, environment.

  2. polegojim says: Feb 5, 2014 10:46 AM

    Best wishes to him.

    Keep your nose clean… play great football… stay away from ‘the element’… and don’t bring them to East Lansing.

    Life will be good.

  3. philliesblow says: Feb 5, 2014 10:49 AM

    The parents really wanted him to go to U of M but they knew he wasn’t going that way. Once that was clear they began the get out of the state push.

    In the end, it’s the kid’s life and he has to be comfortable with the choice. Parents can play devil’s advocate to make sure kids are looking at all angles but they need to realize that it’s their kid’s life, not theirs. At some point you have to hope you raised them right and cut the apron strings.

  4. lrical says: Feb 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    I got some boys from Michigan. They left there to come to the southwest. Folks act dumb up there. I wouldn’t my kid up their either

  5. cfballfan1 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:38 AM

    Good for this young man. He listened to his parents “advice” and then made his own decision.

    B1G step in the right direction.


  6. desal2ds says: Feb 5, 2014 12:04 PM


    Sun must have fried your brain.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    Wish this young man well. This is a tough decision to make but when your parents aren’t on board it makes it even more so.

  8. DonKellyBaby says: Feb 5, 2014 12:22 PM


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