Here's to hoping he goes with the good guys
I don't know why, but I have a great feeling about this!
Informal poll: which way you feeling with about the above two posts?
the avatar picture and sentiment both agree with my feelings
influence of the parents
Almost beyond caring at this point. We get all hyped up by a bunch of 18 year olds and who knows whether they'll even work out. 90% is about player development - hopefully we can do better with what we have than has been the case during the past couple of years.
Player development is no where close to 90% , the talent you bring in your class is by far the most important.
I agree with you Hoek. For whatever reason, I am optimistic that he ends up at Michigan. Malik's recruitment has made no sense and no one has really known much. With that said, why not shock everyone and lead people to believe he isn't going to Michigan to then commit here. Also, I think his parents decision will have an impact on his decision and they love Michigan.
I have a good feeling about this as well. My good feeling is based on sound reasoning, I'm a Michigan fan, fergodsakes.
That is all.
He seems like a good kid, with good parents who it seems are doing a good job of raising him. I'm sure he'll do well regardless his choice.
I don't know why, but I start getting nervous when the board gets "optimistic" about a recruit.
Wish he was going Blue, but I have a feeling he's all Green. Too bad.
Next man up.
He seems to like MSU and they have seven losses in the last two years.
I guess it's OSU of FSU based on what you think is most important to him.
2014 don't fail us now!!!
love to see it, but what was the last streaming cap-pick where the guy grabed the block M? From the Dept. of Sour Grapes, at least one of those profound disappointments (Pryor) ended up turning out all right in the end.
Perhaps the worm is going to start turning our way.
Well...Green last year.
Exceptionally well played.
Part of the reason we haven't had many is because Hoke and co. lock up recruits early. Very few late signings under this regime.
It was a helmet not a cap, but um...Jabrill Peppers on ESPN? Does that not count? I know he's like, just an average guy and all but he picked the good guys at least.
I just put the M hat on and I'm now hanging drywall in my bathroom...
Malik will never have to hang drywall in his life, and for that, I am jealous.
Let's hope for and expect the best.
What day is signing say?
First Thursday in February, I believe. So 5 more days...
Wednesday, not Thursday.
I sure hope the academics component wins out in the end. But its hard to tell these days.
Remember when Da'shawn Hand was picking based on academics? Is Michigan State as prestigious academically as Alabama? Hopefully not, we could be in trouble.
That when a prospect is high on academics, that they want to attend the school that is regarded as a better educational institution? For a great number of athletes it's probably more towards where they can actually succeed as opposed to a rigorous workload or where a university gives more passes to athletes
Anyone with knowledge of McDowell know why there's never any mention of him as an OT?
I know he doesn't want to play the position, so really, that's the end of that...but he seems to have the tools and the size, or is he truly a better DL prospect?
Anyway, I have no idea on this one...I haven't thought he was coming to Michigan since October so I'm sticking to that. I thought he was headed to MSU for the longest, but maybe OSU sneaks in there as a compromise between he and his parents. I dunno. At this point, I'm kind of like "whatever happens, happens."
I'm still baffled why we stopped recruiting other players. I know next year's class is going to be small, but "banking" scholarships is an overrated concept IMO. I'm not say take anyone, but there were at least 5 guys with big time offers and/or highly touted that we seemed to show interest in, then back away, then show interest again, then back away.
This has been the weirdest recruiting year I've ever followed. No one has been able to give a number of how many scholarships we had in this class (or next year for that matter).
I've wondered the same thing. His size if perfect for OT.
Apparently he is VERY insistent on playing defense to the point where he will drop a school if they mention playing O-line. I agree though with his size, he might be better suited to OT. He seems to have elite quickness for his size so he could probably just stay at his current weight and play SDE.
I think in the end his family(Blue supporters) push him over the edge for M.
Hoke and Mattison to coach him up - I believe.
Sam Webb said UMs in home visit with him went very well. So we shall see. it seems all fan bases of the final four are confident haha.
The in-house visits where the coaches get into fistfights with the parents.
FYI- 99.9% of in-homes go 'very well.'
Nuh uh, AT LEAST 20% of them go "good".
60% of the time, they are good every time.
Yeah, the difference is Sam Webb doesn't just say things to say them.
Sam Webb was confident about Jamarco jones too
Just because Sam said the visit went well, doesn't mean he's confident that McDowell will pick Michigan. As far as I know, all he's said lately is that Michigan still has a chance.
There was one notable difference with the in-house visits: the full McDowell family was present for the visit with the Michigan coaches, which was not the case with the visit from MSU.
He want's to play for MSU.
His mom won't sign the LOI.
He should play where he wants to play.
Sometimes, you have to tell Mommy Dearest you're going to live your own life.
Everyone should be on board with that.
I think the writers are just shooting in the dark on this one. This kid has been quieter than hand. Nobody knows what he is thinking. Right now if I were him and you could go to FSU. Why wouldn't you. But I still hope he picks Michigan.
Perhaps one does not want to live in the panhandle of Florida. Obviously as an athlete at FSU you can enjoy many perks, but there have been some pretty damning reports regarding the academic culture with athletes down there over the past 6 months. Hopefully the McDowells have caught wind and want to steer clear.
FSU is my prediction.
2014. nuss. get 'er done.
The Crystal Ball over at 247Sports, which has been wrong before but is amusing to look at all the same sometimes, has 53 predictions of varying vintage registered and the two leaders in their opinion are MSU (51%) and Michigan (25%). The longer shots, in their collective estimation, are OSU and Florida State.
Steve Lorenz switched his pick to FSU recently.