Recruiting isn’t the easiest thing for a college football coach to have to do. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult things a coach has to do these days. Trying to win over a top high school player who is getting offers from top schools across the nation has to be a tough sales pitch for an up-and-coming program like the Michigan State Spartans and head coach Mark Dantonio.
Well, it’s not getting any easier when it comes to the case of five-star DE Malik McDowell from Southfield, Mich. It’s not often the Spartans are contending for a top five-star talent — even in their own state — but McDowell seems to have the Spartans atop his final list of schools. The others that he has put on his list of final four include the Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines.
While many think that Michigan State is McDowell’s favorite, the talented high school recruit’s parents have other ideas; they don’t want the 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive end to attend Michigan State.
Okay, parents’ opinions matter, but it’s somewhat selfish for the top recruit’s parents to make it known publicly that they don’t want their son to attend one of his top choices.
His mother, Joya Crowe, and her reasoning:
“Something happened; I don’t want to put it out there what it was, but I had a bad experience at MSU. It was something on my end, I don’t want to get into specifics.”
Sure, that is a good reason, but if it was something on her end, maybe it’s not the school’s problem. It’s not just Michigan State that they don’t want their son attending, it’s also Michigan. They want their son to play out of state — for some odd reason.
She went on to say:
“I want him to get a good education. Not that he can’t get a good education at MSU. But he also wants to be a first-round pick after college. Nothing is guaranteed, but I don’t think their defensive line coach has the background for that.”
I’m not sure about his dad’s comments, but I think that defensive line coach Ron Burton has been very successful with defensive linemen at Air Force as well as Michigan State for a couple of seasons — even mentoring Shilique Calhoun from unknown defensive end to All-American in 2013. Oh yeah, and both Michigan and Michigan State are solid academic schools
Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode believes these excuses sound like negative recruiting on the out-of-state schools’ end.
Either that, or they have something against the state of Michigan. Unfair circumstances for a young kid to have to deal with.
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