Mark Dantonio received some great news on Tuesday evening. The Michigan State Spartans‘ head coach finally received what he had been looking for since 2014 National Signing Day on Feb. 5: a letter of intent from five-star defensive end Malik McDowell.
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The highly-touted recruit was rated as one of the best in the entire nation and many are regarding him as an instant-impact type of player for the Spartans. Besides Michigan State, McDowell was interested in the Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines.
What held up the faxing in of McDowell’s LOI? His mother, Joya Crowe, wanted McDowell to play college ball somewhere else, stating that she had a bad experience when Malik and his family visited Michigan State earlier this school year.
Some had speculated that he was kept out late by some of the Spartan players and his mother didn’t like that he didn’t come home at a reasonable time. Whether it was just that which held up McDowell’s signing or not, it’s about time this drama-filled session of recruiting comes to an end.
In my personal opinion, his parents should have supported him from the beginning, especially when he announced in front of thousands of people on Feb. 5 that he wanted to be a Spartan.
He is sure to come in and produce right away for Dantonio and one of the best defenses in the nation. The strong just keep getting stronger.
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