There’s no telling for sure where Malik McDowell will play college football, but there’s little doubt he’ll be the most publicized member of whichever class he joins.
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Southfield senior defensive lineman picked Michigan State over Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State on signing day, but his mother’s opposition to that choice has left him with no signed letter of intent. And his father told 247Sports.com today that the family is “in the process” of scheduling unofficial visits to Florida State, OSU and U-M.
“He wants Michigan State, he wants that. I know he wants that,” Greg McDowell told 247Sports.com of his son, but added that Malik is “open” to checking out the other schools.
“He is open to that, and that’s why we’re planning on taking these unofficial visits,” Greg McDowell said. “He wants to go check out Florida State again and Ohio State again. Michigan could be the first or second or the last. They’re 30 minutes away. We have no issue getting up there and checking it out. I told him it’s going to be a compromise with him and his mom. I know you shouldn’t have to compromise with your mom about this decision, but you can’t want something that bad to risk a relationship.”
Greg McDowell, who has not returned Free Press calls and texts seeking comment, told rivals.com on Monday that “it’s possible” Malik’s mother, Joya Crowe, will “be open to Michigan State as well, so we’ll have to see.”
Crowe told the Free Press last week that she is opposed to MSU and had a bad experience on her son’s official visit to East Lansing.
Crowe’s signature is necessary on the national letter of intent because she has sole custody of Malik. But Greg McDowell could sign a Big Ten tender, which only requires a parental signature, that would make things official. And Malik can enroll at MSU and sign a Big Ten tender to receive his scholarship, without the signature of a parent, after one day of classes.
And he could go elsewhere. And there’s sure to be plenty of attention between now and a final decision.