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Malik McDowell remains committed to Mich. St.

Malik McDowell

The soap opera that is Malik McDowell and his parents continues to be the lone remaining storyline left over from National Signing Day nearly two weeks ago.

The five-star defensive end from Southfield, Mich., announced earlier this month that he would be signing with Michigan State.  His parents, particularly his mother, have made it clear that they do not want their son playing his college football in the state of Michigan.  As the custodial parent and because her son is under the age of 21, McDowell’s mother must sign the National Letter of Intent; thus far, she has refused.

McDowell’s father recently told multiple media outlets that his son would be taking visits to both Florida State and Ohio State.  The younger McDowell, however, has other plans — including no visits — and remains firmly committed  to playing for the Spartans.  In a series of tweets sent out by Scout.com‘s Josh Newkirk Sunday afternoon, it appears that the player is merely biding his time until officially signing with MSU.

Even if McDowell’s mother maintains her stance of not signing the NLI, McDowell could still play for the Spartans in 2014.  That, though, would require him to pay for his own classes before being put on scholarship.

When this drama will actually reach its conclusion, however, remains to be seen.

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10 Responses to “Malik McDowell remains committed to Mich. St.”
  1. oldschoolnflman says: Feb 16, 2014 3:37 PM

    Sounds like somebodies parents are pulling a cam Newton daddy job here. Florida or Ohio state kicking the parents some money to get their son togo there? No way not at fine academic institutions!

  2. lbijake says: Feb 16, 2014 3:46 PM

    Too legit to quit!!

  3. dkhhuey says: Feb 16, 2014 4:33 PM

    Don’t want the kid at Ohio State if he doesn’t want to be there! Good luck with your parents and at MSU, except, of course, when you play OSU.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 16, 2014 5:08 PM

    The only way the parents will gain any support is if they open up about why they don’t want him there. I’m going to guess his friends probably are into some shady stuff so the parents don’t want to come out and say that, but they’re looking pretty bad right now not allowing him to choose where to go to school. His talent and his effort have put him into a position to pretty much choose where he wants to go, so shouldn’t it be his decision?

  5. donovandancy says: Feb 16, 2014 6:10 PM

    He can’t pay for his own classes, because of his $$ situation. And you have to be 21 to have an LOI be accepted by the NCAA without a parent signature. He can throw as many public temper tantrums as he wants, but without Mom, he isn’t getting his way

  6. cfballfan1 says: Feb 16, 2014 7:07 PM

    The parents are making this into an unnecessary circus. What’s more important than their sons firm decision about whee he wants to go to school? Oh yeah – something talks / something walks.

  7. gatorfan1 says: Feb 16, 2014 7:44 PM

    oldschoolnflman:

    That’s Florida State not Florida!

  8. kitwor says: Feb 17, 2014 12:54 PM

    If something happened to the parents (say by someone at the university), they have a lot of guts trying to tear down the MSU program.

    For the kid’s sake, I hope he does go to MSU because if he doesn’t and listens to the parents and something goes wrong with the program that McDowell goes to it may permanently rupture the parent/son relationship and could take years to mend.

    Shame on them.

  9. primetime0552 says: Feb 17, 2014 2:50 PM

    donovandancy says:
    Feb 16, 2014 6:10 PM

    He can’t pay for his own classes, because of his $$ situation. And you have to be 21 to have an LOI be accepted by the NCAA without a parent signature. He can throw as many public temper tantrums as he wants, but without Mom, he isn’t getting his way

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    He could get a student loan(which are very easy t get) for summer classes so he can start practicing with the team and then one day after fall classes start MSU could put him on scholarship since he would no longer be considered a prospect and would be a student athlete…basically the same thing as a walk on athlete that gets put on scholarship – they don’t need either parent to sign anything. This all has been reported pretty much everywhere…..

    When has Malik McDowell ever thrown a public temper tantrum? He has said very very little publically about all of this. His parents are the only ones saying anything publically. I think this is the first or second time I’ve heard him quoted on anything to do with this..

  10. earpaniac says: Feb 17, 2014 10:46 PM

    Has either parent ever said why they have such strong objections to him playing there? I haven’t seen anything, but I don’t live in Michigan.

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