Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio celebrates winning the Rose Bowl against the Stanford Cardinal. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

As signing day passes, Malik McDowell remains unsigned with MSU

The turmoil surrounding Michigan State’s commitment of DL Malik McDowell continues.

McDowell appeared to sign his letter at a Tuesday news conference,  and was then expected to fax it into the Michigan State athletic department today (Feb. 5).

All but McDowell

As the hours passed, Michigan State received faxes from 21 of  their 22 2014 commits.

Adding to the drama, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio had scheduled a 3 pm press conference, which was postponed until 4 pm because  of inclement weather.

The press conference finally began at 4:42 pm, and there was no mention of McDowell.

2014 White NSDAccording to NCAA rules coaches cannot comment on recruits until their letter of intent is accepted by the university.

A 5-star recruit

McDowell, a 6-6, 290-lb  5-star recruit who can play anywhere on the defensive line was interested in Michigan,  Ohio State and Florida State in a addition to the Spartans.

But late in the process, a well-documented disagreement occurred in Malik’s household, so maybe some time is need to make the right decision.

Here’s one quote that basically tells the story.

On Monday, Malik’s dad told 247 sports : “I want him out (of the state of) Michigan. I don’t care if that’s Ohio State or Florida State.”

‘I want him out’

Malik’s mom sang a slightly different tune later in the day when she was questioned by scout.com. “I don’t prefer that he leave the state. I just prefer that he doesn’t go to Michigan State. If he goes to Michigan, of course I’ll be okay with that. If he goes to Ohio State, I’ll be okay with that. If he goes to Florida State, I’ll be okay with that.”

“Just anywhere but Michigan State.”

Which might explain why Malik has delayed his signing with Michigan State, or for that matter, another school. Malik has until April 1st to join the 2014 class.♦


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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer




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