By: USA TODAY High School Sports | May 30, 2017
Michigan State kept its family football connection going today.
The Spartans landed a commitment for 2018 from defensive back Michael Dowell of Lakewood St. Edward’s High in suburban Cleveland. He is the younger brother of junior linebacker Andrew and sophomore safety David Dowell, both of whom started MSU’s spring game on April 1.
Michael Dowell announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter, which featured both of his older twin brothers. He is the Spartans’ sixth recruit for 2018 and the fourth from Ohio.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Dowell is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. He chose the Spartans over Big Ten foes Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers and a number of other offer Power 5 schools. Dowell had 32 tackles and a team-leading eight pass break-ups in 327 snaps for St. Ed’s.
The Dowells become the latest legacy family for the Spartans. Offensive linemen Brian and Matt Allen are on the team currently after older brother Jack was an All-America center as a senior in 2015. MSU will have defensive linemen Mike and Jacub Panasiuk on the roster this fall, and linebacker Byron Bullough followed his older brothers Max and Riley.
“In the end, a Spartan’s greatest strength is in the warrior standing next to him,” Michael Dowell said in his video as his brothers, both wearing their MSU jerseys, walked into the shot to flank him.
“Go green,” David said, with Andrew responding, “Go White.”
Dowell joins a recruiting class that already includes four-star athlete Xavier Henderson and four-star tight end Trenton Gillison, both from Pickerington (Ohio) Central; three-star quarterback Theo Day from Dearborn Divine Child; three-star cornerback Christian Jackson from Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter; and three-star linebacker Edward Warinner from Olentangy (Ohio) Liberty High.