This is not a development that Michigan State football fans will want to hear.
Malik McDowell, the five-star defensive end from Southfield (Mich.) who verbally committed to Michigan State on National Signing Day last week, might take unofficial visits to Ohio State and Florida State, his father told Rivals.com.
McDowell’s family has not returned phone messages from the Detroit Free Press since before Signing Day.
McDowell’s parents, Greg McDowell and Joya Crowe, publicly stated their desire for Malik not to go to MSU before Signing Day. When he announced his decision for the Spartans on Wednesday morning, his father said he would support the decision, but his mother did not attend the ceremony at Southfield High.
MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode broke down McDowell’s options for attending MSU late last week. It could get complicated. Check it out.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding until a national letter of intent is signed and sent to a university. The McDowells have until the end of March to do so.
Today, Greg McDowell told Rivals that Malik is “open” to taking additional visits to OSU and FSU, who were his other finalists, along with Michigan. Greg McDowell said U-M is still in the picture, too.
"We plan on doing some unofficials and see if he and his mom can resolve this,” McDowell said. “It's possible she'll be open to Michigan State as well, so we'll have to see.
"We plan on getting down to Florida State as soon as possible, and with Ohio State being a three-hour ride, we'll drive over and sit down."
McDowell took his official visit to Florida State on Jan. 17 and his official visit to Ohio State on Jan. 31.
James Jahnke also writes for the Detroit Free Press.