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Five-star Malik McDowell likely to visit Buckeyes, ‘Noles

Malik McDowell

It appears there won’t be a resolution to the Malik McDowell “situation at any point in the near future.

The five-star defensive end committed to Michigan State on National Signing Day but has not sent his National Letter of Intent to the university.  As McDowell is under the age of 21, his custodial parent — in this case his mother, Joya Crowe — must sign off on the NLI; neither of McDowell’s parents want their son to play for the Spartans — the father has backed off that stance somewhat — which is preventing the defensive lineman from officially joining the MSU program.

In a conversation with, McDowell’s dad confirmed that unofficial visits to schools such as Florida State and Ohio State would likely be in the offing before a final decision is made.  It’s believed the father would prefer to see his son play for the Buckeyes, while his mother, at least for the time being, seems to be of the mindset that any program other than the Spartans would be fine with her.

“I know he is open to taking some unofficials to Florida State and Ohio State,” Greg McDowell told the recruiting website. “We plan on doing some unofficials and see if he and his mom can resolve this. It’s possible she’ll be open to Michigan State as well, so we’ll have to see. …

“We plan on getting down to Florida State as soon as possible, and with Ohio State being a three-hour ride, we’ll drive over and sit down.”

The father also made sure to note that Michigan, the last of the four finalists, is still in the picture as well, with the site writing that “conversations are ongoing with all three finalists he did not pick on National Signing Day.”

Greg McDowell couldn’t make a prediction on when the situation would be resolved

“We have until April 1 to decide, so hopefully within the coming weeks we will have something,” the player’s dad said.

There is one option for Malik McDowell if neither parent is willing to sign off on the NLI.  From the Detroit Free Press:

If it turns out McDowell can’t get his mother to sign the letter of intent, or either parent to sign the Big Ten tender, he can still enroll at MSU. After one day of classes, a prospect is no longer considered a prospect, Smith said – he or she is considered a student-athlete.

So McDowell could sign the Big Ten tender after one day of classes and he would not need the signature of either parent.

But that would mean McDowell would have to pay out of his own pocket if he wanted to enroll in summer classes before his freshman season. Many incoming MSU freshmen take summer classes and take part in offseason workouts with the team.

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14 Responses to “Five-star Malik McDowell likely to visit Buckeyes, ‘Noles”
  1. thraiderskin says: Feb 10, 2014 1:42 PM

    Its too bad this young man can’t make his own decision. I’d love for him to play at Ohio State, but I’d be happier if he plays for the program he wants to.

  2. ningenito78 says: Feb 10, 2014 2:00 PM

    Does anybody know why the hell his parents are so dead set against Michigan St?

  3. alanwhitt says: Feb 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    I really want to know what happened with his mom to cause her to feel the way she does. Hopefully she has legitimate reasons for her feelings.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Feb 10, 2014 2:09 PM

    Starting to wonder at this point if this is a ploy to garner some attention and stay in the spot light. CFT had numerous articles posted on national signing day about he was, then he wasn’t, then he was signing with Mich State.

    If he and his parents want to continue this back and forth, please lets ablige them and let them do so in private. Enough already with this one “5-Star recruit that seems to have a commitment issue…

  5. raiderufan says: Feb 10, 2014 3:11 PM

    Unless MSU has some real issue that could lead to his safety or his well being in some way being affected his parents need to get out of the way. They’re offering him a full scholly to go to college and play football and while the others clearly are as well it’s doing him no favors to force him into a school he doesn’t really want just to see him transfer or be completely unhappy thousands of miles away.

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    ningenito78 says:
    Feb 10, 2014 2:00 PM
    Does anybody know why the hell his parents are so dead set against Michigan St?

    Uhhhh……is this a trick question?

  7. phuckosu says: Feb 10, 2014 5:00 PM

    An earlier report said his parents, both but especially his mom, said they wanted Malik away from the state of Michigan. They wanted him away from michigan to get away from friends that they believe are a bad influence, seriously. That being said, what is gonna keep those hoodlums from driving 3 hours to C-bus???

  8. polegojim says: Feb 10, 2014 5:28 PM

    Smells more stinky as we go along.

    Let him play where he wants to…

    As noted… You can’t run from bad… but u can avoid it.

    MSU is a great environment… Half my fam are MSU grads.

  9. realfootballfan says: Feb 10, 2014 5:29 PM

    This is sad. Grown mother and father acting like two idiots, and I say this even with FSU being in the mix for this young man to play for them. Let him play where he wants to play. SMH.

  10. realfootballfan says: Feb 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    Also, if they are trying to keep him from bad influences, trying to ship him away is hardly a deterrent. If the coaches are truly interested in molding him into a better person, that would be the best place for him, regardless of where he goes. Just ask Aaron Hernandez how getting him “away from” the bad influences stopped him from being a bad person when he ended up at a college with that same coach his father’s steering him toward at Ohio State.

  11. huskerguy says: Feb 10, 2014 6:07 PM

    So… You can sign a paper to go get killed in war at 18 but not an NLI to go to school?!?

    I’m stumped for the first time since… Well since the Huskers hired Callahan.

  12. mediocrebob says: Feb 10, 2014 6:41 PM

    These parents are absolute nightmares. Examples of what not to be.

  13. bigbuckeye76 says: Feb 10, 2014 9:46 PM

    Sounds like a train wreck…. No thank you.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Feb 10, 2014 11:26 PM

    Begs the question, if the kid’s parents detest the entire state of Michigan so much, why do they still live there?

    They do realize they are free to leave don’t they?

    The kid obviously wants to attend MSU, they should let him make an adult decision and keep their apparent poor life choices out of it.

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