Who was that lineman in 2012 who did the same thing and went on a long time before signing?
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Who was that lineman in 2012 who did the same thing and went on a long time before signing?
Wasn't it Alex Kozan? Who we were still hoping to come here.
Who is Alex Kozan. He currently starts at Auburn.
Alex Kozan.. he ended up going to Auburn and was a starter for them this season. Looks like he made a good decision.
He has had some success as a result of the decision he made. Only he can tell if it is a "good decision."
EDIT: Holy shit guess we all knew that one
Diggs!!!! <ba da CHA!>
Gotta admit that this is super entertaining
Are the Michigan coaches still in touch with McDowell? If he didn't decide on MSU until Tue. morning, Mattison and Hoke should be hanging with Mama Crowe playing Family Fued in the McDowell's living room right now.
So go the days of our LOIs.
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HA! I liked this one a lot, beautiful in its simplicity. (The General Studies one, no offense Wings08)
MY feelings aren't hurt. /sniff
j/k... I realize the show I'm referencing hasn't been on tv for quite a long time. I fear I've dated myself something terrible.
know the names of enough soap operas that we can lampoon them and still know which ones we're talking about.
its a function of age more than anything else. But I hear ya...
One thing we have to acknowledge is that he could quite possibly have interest in both. And Ohio. And Florida State.
I feel confident that if he ended up at Michigan, the rest of the class, the team and the coaches would do all they could to help him feel welcome.
That seems weird. Not sure what the dill is but if he goes Blue I ain't mad at him.
Eric Rutter has an article at Maize n Brew about the possiblity that he ends up at Michigan.
I think he's getting heavy pressure from many sources and he seems to not want to tell anyone no. There seems to be something that happened during one of his MSU visits that really upset his mother and apparently doesn't like D'Antonio
"Due to a series of events that occurred at Michigan State (which should remain undisclosed until Crowe feels the need to speak on the matter- if that happens), Crowe was left with a sour taste in her mouth regarding the Spartans. This only intensified during their in-home visit with Michigan State head coach Mark D'Antonio. His mom was present for that visit, and it did not go very well at all."
He's just setting up the ultimate sparty betrayal of all time! He secretly hates MSU and just wants them to feel like they were winning and then take it back at the last second.. (ahem)
I think you may have chosen the wrong former-player as your username.
This reminds me more of Seantrel Henderson who I believe was the #1 recruit in 2010 or close to it. He started saying Michigan was his leader, never took an official here committed to USC on signing day, waited to sign his loi and about a month or two after he signed he decided he wanted to go to Miami.
I can't really blame him for being indecisive. I wanted to go to State for the longest time, had a roommate assigned and everything. One day I woke up and thought that academically I really needed to be at Michigan (wanted to major in Engineering). Turned out to be the right decision for me, but who's to say what's right for him. I at least had the benefit of both parents supporting my choice either way, his situation is much more difficult in that regard.
Sparty gon' Spart
Look, it seems this guy finds himself caught up in the recruting machine. He and his family need time and space to sort things out. Let's just all back off for awhile and it will sort itself out.
Back off? I assure you that MGoBlog is not involved in his decision making process in any way, shape or form.
If he and his parents hadn't been doing the recruitment thing for months and months now. Their family let it all get out in the public and I think it's his parents who are most to blame. They're the one's always talking to the media, not Malik.
They should've resolved this beforing holding a big ol' press conference but they didn't and now they're in their own chaos
I assume these press conferences tend to get scheduled quite a bit in advance. Besides, I'm sure all sides (Malik and his parents) assumed that having that deadline in place would cause them to reach an agreement. It seems that they miscalculated, but i wouldn't necessarily call them out for it.
At the end of the day, I hope the young man goes to a school where he'll be comfortable and will be able to prepare for a successful future. Whether that's Michigan, Staee, or Free Shoes U, I wish him the best of luck.
I feel for both Malik and his parents. I can see both sides. I have long thought that there are certain schools that I would not want my son (or daughter) going to, or coaches that I would not want them to play for and I would lobby long and hard against them. But, in the end, I think I woud have to say that it is your life and you must decide and then support them with what ever they choose.
However, I would also probably tell them that if/when the thing happens that I warned you about, don't come crying to me and expect sympathy. I will tell you that it was your choice, now buck up and deal with it.
Give the young fella' a break rather than analyzing his psychological stability or second guessing his loyalties.. Having a bunch of middle aged booster/ fan-boy types salivating over him and scrutinizing his every move just exacerbates the creepiness.
So goes the wonderful world of recruiting. One more reason to hate the spectacle that is NSD.
The world of recruiting really sucks sometimes, and this is one of those times.
Erik... I gotta disagree here with the idea of feeling sorry. His mother seems to actually give a shit about his well being and appears shes not going to give in to whats convenient. Thats a parent who actually cares. You feel sorry for those same kids who dont go to class or do coke up at msu ? How much do you think their parents care about that? Obviously not enough. McDowell is lucky to have a mother that is willing to do whatever it takes to put his best long term interests in front. Alot of people here dont have kids so they cannot relate. Believe that if he were mature enough then the mother would see that his choice was a mature one even if she didnt like it. This woman is a good mother who wont compromise her values. And he is lucky to have it...tough love is love
Yes. He's 17 and trying to make the best decision for himself. We need him and chances are he would florish under Hoke/Mattison.
I thought I saw yesterday that one never actually went out.
As far as we can see at this point, no LOI has been signed and sent. MSU does not list him on their official list of recruits if I'm not mistaken.
open to him?
1. Father goes to court and tries to get solo control of Malik eliminating the mother from the process. This is a long and bitter process.
2. Malik's mom and him sit down and talk it through. Whatever happened at MSU that pissed her off needs to be addressed and resolved to her satisfaction.
3. Family meets with Dantonio and MSU AD to resolve issues.
4. Malik goes elsewhere
5. Mom does the right thing and trusts her son.
I would hope in the end it is #5. For the sake of Malik, get this done now.
I think you're right, that those are his options. But I disagree with your choice. As I mentioned above, from all that I've read, it seems to me as though Malik might not know whats best for him and maybe not even be mature enough to be considering the important aspects of his decision. But, again, I really have no clue what I'm talking about so, yeah. And its very possible that his mother is a bit crazy and misguided by some long past wrong. Although, it could be a very, very bad experience. Like something REALLY bad that should be enough for Malik to not consider MSU. Who knows.
6. He never signs his LOI, shows up at MSU in the fall, and gets put on scholarship at that point without his parents' signatures.
This course of action means that no commitment is being made ahead of time on either parties' part, but he doesn't actually need his parent(s) to sign to receive a scholarship come fall. Not that this is a good outcome for their family, but if both he and his mom remain steadfast in their current opinions, could be what shakes out.
You've left out what is a very real possibility: He goes to MSU without ever having signed an NLI. As of this morning, that's what Sam Webb was predicting was the likely outcome. Sam said he doesn't think he ends up at another school, and he doesn't think Michigan is "in play." Podcast is here (skip to ~2:10).
Keep in the mind that Sam correctly predicted that if McDowell picked MSU, he wouldn't be sending in a signed NLI yesterday. He's talked to McDowell's parents numerous times.
7. Malik realizes his mother, who is much wiser than he, knows whats best for him and he commits and signs with Michigan. He wins a national championship with a great defense anchored in the secondary by Jabrill Peppers, then he leaves for the NFL draft and picked by the Detroit Lions 21st overall and wins a super bowl in year 2 with Detroit.
Yeah, I was completely with you until that last part. Being on the Lions is no part of any sales pitch to anyone.
This seems even worse than that the Landon Collins thing back in 2012, because other than his mother's on-screen display of disgust, Collins ended up at Alabama all the same. I rather feel bad for McDowell because his decisions on his future are taking a back seat to a lot of unnecessary drama like this. I dare say that this seems rather selfish of his mother (without knowing the specific reason she objects, it is hard for it to look otherwise, in my opinion), and that's very unfortunate that McDowell's future is still not certain because of it.
Yahoo! Sports ran a nice piece with some background quotes here - (LINK). I sincerely hope this gets worked out and he is able to get on with pursuing what he feels is the best choice for him.
His dad is tremendous:
Look, he made his decision. I'm proud of him and stand by him. He stood up like a man and made a decision. He's a young man that made his decision and I stand by him. I wanted him to go out of state to experience things away from his family but he's a man, he made his decision, and I'm happy he'll be close to home. I support him. He's a man who made his decision. Support. Decision. Young man. Decision. Support.
She has a lot more information than we do. I can think of a few times when my mom would have seemed to an outsider to be behaving in a dramatic way about something I did, but she was often very right.