Well, perhaps this was premature after all.
With just minutes to spare, Malik McDowell finally did get his signed letter of intent faxed in to Michigan State and NCAA officials, making his long commitment to Michigan State official. McDowell tweeted out news of his accepted letter early Wednesday morning, and his social media announcement was immediately followed by a congratulatory note from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
- FAT LEEK (@D1_LEEK) April 2, 2014
- Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) April 2, 2014
No one knew that McDowell had finally convinced his mother, Joya Crowe, that Michigan State was the right school for him and the family. Finally, during the day on Tuesday McDowell walked in to meet with Southfield football coach Tim Conley and told the coach that his mother was coming around to signing with Michigan State.
Hours later, at 11:12 p.m., McDowell’s signed letter of intent, including his mother’s signature as custodial guardian, was faxed in and our long National Signing Day nightmare came to a close.