This year’s crazy recruiting story involved 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell.
McDowell decided to sign with the Michigan State Spartans, choosing the Spartans over the Florida State Seminoles, Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes.
On National Signing Day in February, McDowell was ready to fax his National Letter of Intent to the Spartans, but McDowell’s mother would sign the letter wanted her son to attend a different school.
The deadline to sign a letter with Spartans came and went on Monday, but he can still attend Michigan State and receive financial aid, which is exactly what his father expects him to do.
“Malik is going about it his way,” Greg McDowell told 24/7 Sports. “I’m supporting him. I just couldn’t sign (his LOI) because I’m not the custodial parent.”
McDowell was ranked as the third-best strong side defensive end and the 32nd best overall prospect in the class of 2014, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
“He wants to be up there at Michigan State,” Greg McDowell explained. “I don’t know how far it’s going to go after this. He’s very adamant about going there. I told him you have to go up there and do what’s right and handle his business. As long as he handles his business on the field and in the classroom I’m supporting him.”