Malik McDowell announced last Wednesday he would play for Michigan State, but his mother has other ideas. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Southfield — Despite published reports Southfield lineman Malik McDowell is strongly considering taking unofficial visits to Ohio State and Florida State, Southfield coach Tim Conley said on Monday that McDowell is sticking with Michigan State.
McDowell, a five-star defensive end, announced his commitment to Michigan State last Wednesday but never sent in his signed letter
His father, Greg McDowell, is quoted in a Rivals.com report as saying, “We plan on getting down to Florida State as soon as possible, and with Ohio State being a three-hour ride, we'll drive over and sit down.”
This is a quiet period for college coaches. Under NCAA rules, they can’t have off-campus contact with recruits but are allowed to have telephone conversations and on-campus contact with prospective recruits and parents.
Messages left with Greg McDowell were not returned but Conley says “no” to any such visits.
“I don’t think the visits are set,” Conley said. “I think it’s something his dad is wishing for, but Malik hasn’t said anything but MSU.”
However, the scheduling of the visits might not be solidified as of Monday but they will take place, according to Sam Webb of GoBlueWolverine.com. Webb added Malik and his parents might take an unofficial visit to Michigan. Webb added there are questions Malik will have concerning those schools and it will also give him an opportunity to become more familiar with the coaching staffs. At Ohio State, in particular, there is assistant Larry Johnson. Hired on Jan. 15, two weeks before Malik made his official visit, Johnson is Ohio State’s defensive line coach.
Malik committed to MSU last Wednesday, the first day high school seniors could sign a national letter of intent. But McDowell’s mother, Joya Crowe, did not sign the letter and as the custodial parent, her signature, and that of Malik McDowell are necessary to make the letter binding.
These unofficial visits, should they take place, will be paid for by Malik’s parents, not the universities.
Greg McDowell was not on the official visit to Florida State. He likely would travel with his son and Crowe to Tallahassee, Fla., should a visit take place.
Malik did not take an official visit to U-M.
Webb said Crowe remains adamant against her son choosing Michigan State. Malik and both of his parents took the official visit to East Lansing and, apparently, it did not go well for Crowe and Greg McDowell.
At this point Webb believes the out-of-state school have the inside track to sign Malik and that despite the disagreements that have taken place between Malik and his mother, especially after last Wednesday’s events, the two have worked out many of their differences.
Greg McDowell has made it clear Ohio State is his first choice for his son. But he has also said he will support his son’s decision no matter which school he chooses.
Webb said the only timetable Crowe gave him is that something would be done before April 1.