The anticipation, tension and conflicting reports are building, and Michigan State and Michigan fans will have to wait until Wednesday for an answer on Malik McDowell.
The coveted Southfield defensive lineman will announce his college decision at 9:30 a.m. that day, which is national signing day, according to Scout.com. He is deciding among MSU, U-M, Ohio State and Florida State — his last official visit is this weekend to OSU, and he previously had official visits to MSU and FSU, with multiple unofficial visits to U-M.
He is one of a few prospects still considering MSU as the big day approaches. The Spartans are still waiting to hear on safety T.J. Harrell of Tampa (Fla.) Catholic and defensive tackle Daniel Cage of Cincinnati Winton Woods, and are still recruiting Wisconsin commit and defensive tackle Craig Evans of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Ohio State commit and Chicago De La Salle offensive tackle Jamarco Jones –who is visiting MSU this weekend.
McDowell is a big catch, both as a “five-star” prospect at an important position, and a statement recruit in the never-ending MSU-Michigan battle. MSU’s 13-1 season and Rose Bowl victory over Stanford seem to have increased his interest in the Spartans.
Depending on which recruiting site is telling the story, there are hints about McDowell favoring each of his finalists. And there’s no doubt those finalists are making late pushes.
McDowell told the Free Press that U-M defensive coordinator Greg Mattison came into the room while MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was having an in-school visit with McDowell recently.
“Michigan State was here, then Michigan came, they just walked right in and sat down,” McDowell said. “That was pretty funny. I was just sitting there watching … (coach) Narduzzi was sitting right here. It just all stopped. Then (Mattison) was like, ‘Oh, is this a bad time?’ It made me laugh.”