2014 National Signing Day: Michigan State Survives Drama to Sign Malik McDowell

By Tyler Brett

The recruitment of Malik McDowell has been a wild one over the last few days as the five-star prospect has watched his parents take the spotlight to try and influence where he would end up. Both of them were set against McDowell staying i his home state of Michigan, which spelled trouble for the projected favorite to land him, the Michigan State Spartans. But on National Signing Day, McDowell went against the wishes of his parents and signed on to become a Spartan in 2014.

That is very good news for Michigan State, who rode one of the nation’s best defenses to a Rose Bowl victory in 2013. They’ll be looking to achieve even more in 2014 and adding a dynamic defensive end like McDowell will only help them get there. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound edge rusher is the top prospect in the state of Michigan this recruiting season and his decision to stay close to home, while upsetting to his mom and dad, is a huge win for Michigan State and the Big Ten in general as he turned down an offer from defending BCS National Champion, the Florida State Seminoles.

Adding a a prospect of McDowell’s caliber will be a huge boost to Michigan State’s recruiting class and earn them some recognition as one of the top classes in the country. One of the knocks on Mark Dantonio is that he doesn’t get the elite prospects but he has been able to take under-the-radar classes and coach them up into elite football teams. Adding an already elite talent like McDowell opens the door for Michigan State to reach new heights in 2014.

National Signing Day is always good for some drama and Michigan State is happy to have come out of this dramatic recruiting story with McDowell in the fold. Will he help the Spartans reach the top in 2014?

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