Spartans' top recruit open to visit ... with Buckeyes?

Spartans' top recruit open to visit ... with Buckeyes?
February 10, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The saga of five-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell keeps on spinning.

McDowell, you might remember, was Michigan State’s top recruit on National Signing Day, when he committed to play ball for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. But it’s McDowell’s parents who aren’t playing ball and because of them the country’s 26th-ranked prospect has yet to sign a Letter of Intent.

Now things are getting even more interesting, as McDowell could visit other schools, including Big Ten rival Ohio State.

 

McDowell’s parents, his mom in particular, don’t want him to attend Michigan State, and so they haven’t signed off on their son’s commitment. McDowell’s dad told Rivals on Monday that his son is “open” to making unofficial visits to not just the Buckeyes but also the reigning national champs at Florida State.

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"I know he is open to taking some unofficials to Florida State and Ohio State," Greg McDowell told Rivals. "We plan on doing some unofficials and see if he and his mom can resolve this. It's possible she'll be open to Michigan State as well, so we'll have to see."

It’s important to note that National Signing Day was simply the opening of the signing period. Recruits have until the end of March to sign and send their National Letter of Intent.

But will McDowell’s end up in East Lansing? Stay tuned.