February 1st, 2014 at 1:34 PM ^

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.


February 1st, 2014 at 11:32 AM ^

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.


February 1st, 2014 at 11:49 AM ^

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.

SF Wolverine

February 1st, 2014 at 11:17 AM ^

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.


February 1st, 2014 at 1:01 PM ^

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

Mr. Yost

February 1st, 2014 at 11:31 AM ^

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).

Young John Beilein

February 1st, 2014 at 12:50 PM ^

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.

Hi Gang

February 1st, 2014 at 4:26 PM ^

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.


February 1st, 2014 at 11:39 AM ^

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.

Young John Beilein

February 1st, 2014 at 12:54 PM ^

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.