Malik McDowell finished his high school football career at Southfield after transferring from Detroit Loyola. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 3 player Malik McDowell.
Southfield – Malik McDowell is a bit of an enigma.
Of the top three Detroit News Blue Chip players, McDowell of Southfield has more questions surrounding him than the other two -- Grand Rapids Christian receiver Drake Harris and Detroit Cass Tech defensive back Damon Webb.
McDowell is a 6-6, 295-pound lineman that many regard as the state’s top college prospect. He has yet to commit to a school and instead of the list growing shorter with time, recently another (Notre Dame) was added, increasing the number to eight.
McDowell was on an official visit to Florida State over the weekend and is planning on taking an official visit to LSU this coming weekend, followed by one to Ohio State.
McDowell played the entire 2013 season on the defensive line. He did not play offense. McDowell was a two-way lineman his first three seasons at Detroit Loyola, and some observers believe that if McDowell makes it to the highest level, the NFL, he will do so as an offensive lineman.
“He’s been promised (he will play) defense in college,” said recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports and Prep Football Report. “If he switches (to offense) he’ll do it in the next two years or so. Every (linemen) loves the glory, and that’s on the defensive side. Just the way he’s built, he’s more suited for the offensive side.”
GoBlueWolverine.com managing editor Sam Webb said McDowell has the potential of being a force on either side at whatever school he chooses.
“Malik is a kid who is just begun to scratch the surface,” Webb said. “Some project him as an offensive lineman. As long as his work ethic stays on the same pace I think he can play on either side. Some people at the U.S. Army (All American) game said he’s a five-star recruit on the offensive line.”
McDowell is listed as a four-star recruit on the defensive side.
The other four schools McDowell is considering are Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Michigan State.