Honest question. Do we even want him with everything going on with him?
This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Honest question. Do we even want him with everything going on with him?
No, I just like sitting back and watching the show
Give me back my avatar!!! I just feel the urge to post under everything you post :)
but I'm going with "Yes". It's not like he robbed a liquor store or punched someone in a bar...he's INDECISIVE. I am too sometimes.
If he truly wants to be in Ann Arbor, then of course we want him. If he's being more or less forced into it by his parents, well then it depends on how he handles that. It could certainly turn out poorly with the wrong attitude.
What MattisonMan said. To me, he sounds like he needs more time. I think he should take it. If he's that talented, he can let people know in April and he'll be fine wherever he goes.
Also, granted my view is from 2 million light years away, but if my mom were as overbearing as his seems to be, I wouldn't go where she wanted just out of spite.
I really think the whole "he doesnt really want to be here so we don't want him here" attitude is way off base. Just because he prefers another school doesn't mean he would only come to UM kicking and screaming. it doesn't mean he wont come to enjoy ann arbor or that he won't work his ass off on the football field. Guess what... my first choice when applying to schools was not Michigan. But its the best school I got into, and I've been a diehard fan ever since.
I really could not have been more clear in saying that it all depends on how he/anyone handles it. It's not a disqualifier that someone chooses a program as a second choice, but it's not absurd to suggest it COULD be a potential red flag for an endeavor that requires an enormous amount of commitment and dedication. As usual, it's more nuanced than one way or another.
Chris Spielman wanted to go to Michigan, but his dad made him go to Ohio. That worked out pretty well for Ohio.
Now I'm not so sure.
It's funny. I read your "honest question" and then your own signature line seems to answer it for me.
Anyone else want to see a game of two-hand-touch between Adrian and mGrowOld? Just askin'.
No offense MGrowOld.
Ms. Florida Gulf Coast University.
None taken. Truth be told I wouldnt mind seeing that game myself although I'm not quite sure how I'd hook that up.
Only if he really wanted to be here. Since he doesn't, he is better off at MSU.
Speilman didn't want to be at OSU, and was forced into it by his father...and if you ask Chris, it was the right move.
He certainly wasn't coming to Ann Arbor...
What do you mean by 'everytthing going on'? This is all a product of his parents not letting him go where he wants and him sticking to his guns, something I'm sure most of us can relate to from our adolescence (just without the media attention).
This is where I am at also. What did this kid really do other than wait until signing day to announce his decision (like many others) and try to sign his LOI to that school? His parents created all of this mess which is reflective on them, not the kid.
I'm not so sure about that, or at least not so sure that its as innocent-sounding as that. From all that I've read and some deduction, it sounds to me like Malik might be more immature than others and that his parents are working hard to ensure he makes the right decision. From what I can gather, it seems to me as though his parents think he's mixed up in the wrong crowd and interested in MSU for the wrong reasons. That's how I've been reading it anyway. I could be WAY off but it seems as though this is a kid that might not know what's best for himself. Or his mom could just be crazy.
I mean, how many of our commitments do you think picked us due to the education, support system? They may all say that, but I'm willing to bet a strong majority hit a good party scene when they visited, liked how big the stadium is, liked the gear we showed them, etc.
Having been involved in college recruiting before, I can tell you that A TON of kids who pick their school did it for reasons their parents wouldn't approve of, no matter how they justify it. I just think we finally have a situation where the mom has called him out for it, but I certainly think he's no exception
without speaking ill of the kid, it sounds like he has some things to get straightned out in his personal life. His dad seems very concerned about his non-athlete "friends" who may come visit. I hope Sparty provides him some resources beyond the weight room.
I don't fault him for wating to make what would be, in his mind, the right decision. I think the team could use some strong pass-rushers, so I would not turn my nose up at him if he wanted to commit. He would make the team better.
The recruitment's been bizarre, but he himself has stayed out of the limelight. Beyond that, all we've got is hearsay and his parent's opinions.
If the coaches think he's got or can be coached into the work ethic and the level of character they want, then I'd say we want him.
I hear this "coach talk" all the time about only kids with the work ethic, those that value academics, etc. are kids that are Michigan material. And, maybe there are a few here and there that they don't recruit becasue of academics or off the field issues. But, by and large I feel like that comment is more marketing/branding than anything else. The UM coaches do the same thing all other coaches do...go after the best kids. If there is a little drama, questionable decision making, or whatever (as long as there aren't legal troubles or failing grades) I don't think that in any way steers the coaches away from a kid they think is a superior football player. They would take McDowell in a heartbeat if he wanted to commit IMO.
I think you find out where he really wants to go, and if the coaches can determine that he is going to UM because he wants to and not because of parental pressure, then obviously you accept him. But he clearly seems pretty hell-bent on going to MSU, and you don't want a brow-beaten teenager on your team who wishes he was across the state.
Of course we still want him. He's on the fence about a major life decision and is a little at odds with his folks over what's most important. He probably needs to mature a little.
So he's like every 17/18 year old ever.
therefore, we never wanted him.
YES ! As long as hes willing to come to Ann Arbor and work hard we absolutley want him. Come on Malik ! It's not to late ! We need ya !
does he have lot of potential to rush the passer and possibly help improve this teams pretty weak DL play? if so and if hes a good kid who the coaches recruited wire to wire and had listed very high on their DL board, then yes
100%, don't go all Ohio State fan on me.
I feel like my love life is similar to recruiting. I seem to never be able to get a commitment from the girl I want and I'm always stuck scrambling for a 2 star hoping to develop her. McDowell is that one hot girl that says yes, only to never text you again the next night...
that really isn't her
Dothepose with the funniest post I've ever laughed at on the blog. Thank you.
which oddly implies the possible existance of funnier posts, but for those, you didn't laugh. CURMUDGEON!
Development projects... Your odds of getting starting-level talent will improve.
What, then, is Jabrill Peppers?
Clearly Ms. Kate Upton...
Just a really really drunken mistake by a hot girl...
No, he's the super hot girl who, instead of dating the guy who's super popular right now, dates the guy who is first in his class in the business school. All her friends might not think it's the coolest thing to do right now, but she'll show them in not too many years.
Id rather have two 3* than one 4*
Are we still talking about girlfriends or are we talking about football recruits now?
"Are we still talking about girlfriends or are we talking about football recruits now?"
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.
As the McDowell Turns?
The Young and the Uncommitted
All My Recruits
Search for McDowell
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.
I agree 100%. If anything, I think she knows what's best for Malik moreso than anyone else based on what she has said and apparently experienced. I can't imagine doing something that my mom was adamantly against. And I'm as independent as they come!
Crossing my fingers that my kids feel the way you did.
More Absopure, please.
Could be Malik was just gaming Marshall, in keeping with the rivalry. I imagine he wouldn't be the first kid to fake out a teammate headed to a rival.
He needs to make a decision. He's got to realize that no school is going to be perfect. It's not like he had only a day to make this decision, it's been years. Choose your school and move on.
I may be in the minority here, but I think this is partly what is wrong with recruiting. I mean no offense to the poster I am responding to, but who are you or who are we to say that he needs to do anything. We are mere observers, mere onlookers and fans with the privilege of watching these players make their real life decisions. These kids owe us nothing at this point. There is no rule that says someone has to sign on signing day. It seems like people think just because most kids do means that they all should. He's making a decision that will literally affect him for the remainder of his young life. We have nothing to say in the matter, and, frankly, no right to say it. He needs to do what is best for him and his future. If he needs more time that is his prerogative, not ours.
I, of course, hope he picks Michigan and, unlike some anonymous online posters, I will not rush to any character judgments based on his decision timeline or any of the other limited facts we know about him or any recruit. We never know the whole story. No matter what happens I hope he makes the best decision for him.
The longer and longer this goes, the less and less this becomes a decision that is best for Malik's interests. The longer the recruiting gurus are trying to pry themselves into the equation, the longer the message board threads get, the more and more it's talk radio fodder, the less Malik's interests are met.
Honestly, is anything else we need to know about why college football recruiting is out of hand?
We have a class full of kids that want to be here, are already tight, and are part of the Michigan team. We don't need a split personality. Focus on DL for the class of 15 that GET what going to Michigan means and GET all the opportunities it brings. Done!
who cares.... lets move on. good luck to him.
at us all.
Don't really care anymore
But I can relate. My daughter has in mind her preferred list of colleges and majors, I have mine. Based on the criteria she has given me, what she wants to study, what she really likes most and what she doesn't, I think her list is flawed. But, every time I explain that to her, she gets angry and defensive. It's the age. I can well imagine that the added pressure of being so highly recruited is more than stressful.
My daughter decided to enlist in the Navy, and said, in so many words, "You can't stop me." While I was less than thrilled with her choice a year or so ago, it has worked out pretty well, and will allow her to afford going to college most anywhere she can get into. (Plus her training in networking with the Aegis Missle system gives her some decent experience and a leg up in some computer careers.) The point is, we didn't force her to do something she didn't want to do. I would want McDowell's own choices to be honored, by both us and his family.
In the end, it really has to be her decision. In my daughter's case, she wants to be a classically trained, operatic soprano. She has the chops for it. However, she is worried about her ability to make a living (a wise insight at her age) and is thinking about music education as a minor. That would be fine, except she has no interest in teaching, particularly at the elementary level, which is where she would no doubt start out.
But, she has a gift for math and science and Johns Hopkins is recruiting her heavily. There is almost no doubt she will be offered a scholarship if she at least double majors, with math or science as one of her degree programs. JHU has a terrific music conservatory, the Peabody Institute, as well. My daughter's heart, though, is with neither JHU nor Baltimore. Her alternatives aren't bad, but they don't have JHU's reputation.
I don't want her to pursue something that would be a bad fit for her, but I am also aware of the likelihood that she would realize many more opportunities with JHU on her diploma. U-M is also a possibility, but after working with the School of Music last year (as a sophomore) she lost much of her interest.
Has she explored the possibility of music therapy? It is a growing field, recognized by the medical community. A lot of it is finding music or collections of sound that helps with rehab, stress disorders, trauma, etc. There is a strong collaborative aspect with many different types of health care. Several of my friends have gone into it instead of the traditional performance and/or education track and love it.
Another option I would suggest is performing arts technology (PAT). There are many sub-disciplines, including electronic music composition, recording, sound and stage design, mixing, etc. If she likes math and science PAT is a viable field - anyone who records anything needs first-rate engineers to make sure that it is properly balanced, in tune, and so forth.
Michigan has a top-notch PAT program, but I do not know about music therapy options in AA.
I had never really heard about music therapy until she mentioned it (I had this bad vision of it being a new age, crystal worshipping career for hucksters). I have since found out I was wrong and by bringing it up, you've confirmed what I have since learned about the career path. It is certainly an option for her and I think she would enjoy it much more than teaching.
One question to ask is, "How many degrees would you like to earn before working in the field?" If she wants to be a traditional vocal performance major, she can expect to certainly get a master's degree, and most likely a DMA and/or some time in a Young Artist's Program (YAP). These are journeyman art organizations designed to give young graduates of conservatories stage time as they work their way up to the Metropolitan Operas of the world. Some, but not all, pay their artists. Employment tends to be seasonal. I played in a YAP (pit orchestra) after I graduated and had a wonderful time. To be considered is the stress, expense, auditions, 10+ year time commitment before breaking in, etc. The human voice does not fully mature as an operatic musical instrument until the 30s.
On the other hand, having an undergrad degree in music therapy may be enough to find employment. I'm not an authority on the subject but the field is new enough that there is opportunity out there and it is relatively free of the 400-people-apply-for-one-spot scenarios many performance majors face.
One last thing - majoring in something other than performance does not stop one from taking performance classes. In the case of vocalists, this takes the form of weekly coachings with a studio voice teacher, one-on-one. In fact, if she got into a good studio but was not a performance major, she may not even have to sing in a school of music choir (most of the voice majors I knew at M were not pleased about this requirement).
It's kind of bizarre that parental consent is required at all. My daughter was 16 when she started at MSU, and I'm pretty sure there was no parental consent required (I honestly don't recall for sure; it's been several years). The only thing I recall signing was a form to allow her to make medical decisions on her own behalf. But, she was mature beyond her years and studious enough to earn a full ride out- of- state scholarship, so the only qualms we had was that she would be going to school about 1,000 miles away from home. Also, she never had an issue with immaturity or hanging around with partiers and goof-offs. If she had, My wife and I would have done everything in our power to make sure she was in an environment that would maximize her chances of safely and successfully completing her degree.
It sounds like Malik has had a change of heart a few times during this process. I read a Detroit News article (Link), which had quotes from Malik about MSU not always being his first choice, and there was no major reason why he decided to pick MSU. Then, the article goes on to mention Malik and his friend, Jamal Lyles, having a good talk about State's family atmosphere. The same Jamal who was mentored by Larry Foote and definitely wanted a Michigan offer...
I hate the color green. Dont see the apeal.
5* player. We need more of them. As others have said, if this were a case of legal issues or questions about qualifying, then take a pass. But he is 17. I don't buy the "...if he doesn't want to be here" mindset. MSU is the flavor of the month. If nothing else, Marshall's comments confirm that. Get him on campus, he'll make friends on the team, go to some good parties, meet some pretty girls and that'll be that. It's not as if he'd wallow through the next four years wishing he could be in EL.
I've avoided these conversations, but I hope that Hoke continues to recruit him. From what I've read (admittedly not very much), it seems like the only thing keeping him from Michigan - and causing so much conflict within his family - is his sense that MSU is more fun.
If I'm close to right about that, then if anything I'd only increase my recruitment of him. I'd encourage him spend a few nights in Ann Arbor to get a realistic look at how amazing life here tends to be.
My old roommate in south quad thronson house once mentioned that had he gone to msu hed have had more fun... Why? His argument was that he would have lots of free time not having to study with all the dumbfucks there. But thats so low wattage to me.
Right now I don't care where he goes. Just hope he straightens things out with his mom. I don't know what I would have done if my mother or father weren't supporting me while starting college.
I heard this on a radio show yesterday. The MSU guy they had on thought that if was only a matter of McDowell's mother getting on board. Which seems to maybe have a bigger impact than I thought.
No man is more important than the team.
It's really not an either-or situation.
If my son was about to make a negative life altering decision I could easily see myself behaving in a similar manner. Although I wouldn't do it publicly if possible, but I don't think she made a concious decision to go public it sorta just happened.
The rare post from Webbertucky. It's like spotting a Hawaiian Monk Seal.
The kid is in a very spot right now..even if he eventually goes to msu, his mom will never be able to go to his gamea after what she has said about msu fans and the school itself..she also is putting his life on the line as there are pissed off dumb msu fans out there who dont even want this kid anymore and saying threatning things..my suggestion is Malik pack ur bags an head out as far as possible from this crazy family....i say go to FSU and enjoy sunshine state where girls have real tan
Most fans are fickle. OH NO, I SAID IT. If McDowell goes to MSU and plays well, they'll gladly forget the whole thing ever happened.
If Mr. and Mrs. McDowell put the same amount of effort into parenting their child as they do bitching about where he wants to go to college, maybe they wouldn't be in this position.
Then again, from the way they act, the fact that they are in this position isn't surprising.
Do you have personal knowledge of his parents' parenting skills? Or are you just being a dick?
Ooh. Ooh. Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter! I know this one!!!
Fsu will get him
All signs point to McDowell eventually ending up at MSU. From yet another article:
Malik McDowell remained committed to Michigan State on Thursday but until he convinces his mother that MSU is the right place for him, his letter-of-intent remains incomplete.
But his father, Greg McDowell, indicated there could be a resolution by early next week -- maybe sooner -- that would allow his talented son to end up at Michigan State.
“We’re not looking that far ahead,” Greg McDowell said. “We have a 14-day process to get it done. Hopefully by Monday it’ll happen. Maybe by the weekend. She wants to get more out of Malik on why he likes Michigan State.”
The only thing I wonder about here is the "14-day process" that's mentioined. I believe NLIs are good for 7 days, but another one can always be issued. So I'm not sure why the 14 days. Unless—and this seems unlikely—MSU has asked the family to come to a resolution one way or another by a certain date, or else they're moving on.
Also, this quote from the father is interesting, expecially the last sentence:
“My son understands what he needs to do when he gets there. It’s rough for a kid. He’s being pushed and prodded. It’s her job to ensure the safety of her son. Terrible things have been said about her, on social media and the radio. Malik is upset with all the State fans going after his mom.”
Isnt it wierd how supposedly now the lifelong wolverine dad wants osu, and the mom supposedly wants fsu or osu.
Can Speight as an enrolled student, or say, Michael Ferns, as technically still a recruit, swing by McDowells house tonight and drop off a tape and say "youre a michigan man and you belong at michigan". ? Would either of them be a violation?
Probably. It would be a pretty weird thing to do, though. Partly because of the nature of the gesture, and partly because both of those guys live hundreds of miles from the state of Michigan.
Both guys are at Michigan already. And if they had a previous relationship then no it would not be a violation.
The more I hear about him, the less I want him near the program. Now, I'm not convinced that's his fault -- it would appear he handled the commitment process well, but the helicopter parents and everything else just seems too much.
Would still take in a second.
Anybody who even asks if we would still take him is an idiot. Do you guys ENJOY being 7-5?
I would take a pile of poop at this point if it could form tackle and/or score touchdowns.
As is apparent with MSU, the stars aren't the only key to the puzzle (As much as it pains me to say that). We can get all the top 10 classes we want and if we don't have the coaches to pull it all together, it's a waste. Hopefully the Borg being gone will change things.