Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison (right), among others, have been recruiting Malik McDowell. Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Malik McDowell's recruitment still open, Wolverines now in the mix

Now that 5-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell is not necessarily signing with Michigan State, Michigan–for now–is back in the fight.

The question of the day, however, does Michigan really want him?

Sure, we’ve heard the talk about McDowell’s lack of interest in attending class, of palling around with his buds on the weekend.

Signed but filed

That’ where his parents jumped into the recruiting picture, advising him not to fax his letter of intent to Michigan State.

Michigan, of course,  has had its characters along the way.

Hoke has endured players ignoring team rules, breaking parole, drinking underage  and sliding across automobile hoods after a few too many. And that’s not to mention the alleged trouble a field goal kicker got into, which caused him to be tossed out of school.

It’s believed that a Michigan punter, who’s been suspended at least three times, will be back this fall.

Sacks scarce

As they say, kids will be kids, so there’s no reason to turn away a player who can supply Michigan with something which has been scarce for several years.

Statistically they are called sacks, and sadly the Wolverines have averaged just 25.7 per season since head coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison arrived. That’s a far cry from the 43 Michigan posted in 2006.

Forget the sacks, pressuring the quarterback has been sub par at best.

McDowell, who’s parents turned his recruitment into a media circus by not sending his LOI to Michigan State, are trying to patch things up with the media, and all the schools involved.

Visiting Ohio State, Florida State

The 6-6, 290-pounder is planning to make unofficial visits to Ohio State and Florida State. McDowell met with

Hoke, Mattison, Fred Jackson and Roy Manning  at Southfield High School late last month.

What makes the signing of McDowell special, is the fact that he could play strong-side defensive end, 3-tec tackle or possibly weak-side (or rush) end.  His high school stats read 155 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and  25.5 sacks in just over two seasons of work. ♦

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer



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