Michigan Football recruiting: Malik McDowell update

Michigan Football is putting the finishing touches on a small, but very good recruiting class. One of the biggest pieces of the puzzle remains Malik McDowell (Southfield, Michigan). The stalwart defensive tackle is ranked #26 nationally by rivals.com and is considered the #1 player from the state of Michigan.

Florida State impresses

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Malik McDowell (isportsweb)

McDowell visited the National Champion Seminoles this past weekend and according to this ESPN Insider article, he thoroughly enjoyed the trip. McDowell is set to visit LSU this weekend and Ohio State the following weekend. National Signing Day is Feb. 5.

Hometown teams

McDowell has strong interest in both local schools, Michigan and Michigan State. His father has made no secret about the fact that Michigan is his favorite, but he was reportedly impressed with MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and the play of the Spartans defense certainly has McDowell’s attention.

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The 6-foot-6, 280 pound McDowell played his senior season on the same defensive line as Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall. McDowell notched 89 tackles and 7 sacks. He was a US Army All American and drew rave reviews at the practices and game. He was named the player who looked most ready to play in college or the NFL right now.

Decision time

With National Signing Day just three weeks away, McDowell will start sorting through his final five schools; Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. The general consensus is that he will stay close to home and that puts the Wolverines and Spartans in the driver’s seat.

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  • Brian

    Everyone outside the AA bubble believes it down to the Spartans and the ‘Noles. The fact that he just cancelled on LSU to take an official to East Lansing says a lot. Expect him to be green by Sunday

  • Chezaroo

    This guy is “milking” it to the full extent. He absolutely knows where he wants to go by now, and probably has all along. Hope he’s enjoying the free trips and meals.

    • http://isportsweb.com/ Rob White

      He’s been very deliberate throughout the process and all indications have always been that he would take all 5 visits. I don’t have any problem with that.

      • Joshua Kohn

        I have to agree with Rob here. McDowell has been tight lipped during the entire process and very methodical. As much as I want him to come to UM I respect his businesslike approach to the process, if he chooses to play elsewhere