5-Star DE Malik McDowell Goes Against Parents' Wishes, Picks Michigan State

By Connor Muldowney

Not many people knew what to expect from the Malik McDowell saga that suddenly became national news as of this week. What do I mean by saga? Well, McDowell made it known that the Michigan State Spartans were his favorite heading into 2014 National Signing Day, but his parents didn’t like that one bit.

In fact, in many interviews on radio shows and with the Detroit Free Press, the mother of the five-star recruit, Joya Crowe, reiterated that she was adamantly opposed to having her son attend Michigan State.

It wasn’t really understood as to why she was so opposed to the young star defensive end attending Michigan State and the solid program run by head coach Mark Dantonio coming off a Rose Bowl win. It was later rumored that he was out too late with the MSU players who were showing him a good time during his visit and Crowe didn’t like that.

However, McDowell made the best decision and picked the school he believed he would succeed the most with — Michigan State. Malik sat in from of a huge school audience on Wednesday morning and an internet live feed of over 10,000 people and chose the Spartans.

As a pretty humble guy, this couldn’t be a better move. The Spartans are all about producing without boasting. Dantonio has instilled intensity and focus in his players and he has led one of the best defenses in the nation for the past few seasons — producing solid defensive ends such as William Gholston, Marcus Rush and Shilique Calhoun.

If Malik one day wants to be a top pick in the NFL draft, he made the perfect choice with the highly-touted Spartan defense.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

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