McDowell picks Michigan State

Top in-state recruit picks Spartans over Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State and gives the Spartans a second Signing Day commitment.

The saga is over as Michigan State picked up the top in-state player at the end of a unique recruitment Wednesday.

Southfield (Mich.) defensive lineman Malik McDowell went with what had been believed to be his choice for a while when he committed to the Spartans over Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan.

The 6-foot-6, 292-pound defensive lineman gives the Spartans a seventh defensive lineman in the 2014 class.

The recruitment for McDowell had more ups and downs than most in recent memory. Thought to be a Michigan lean early in the process, McDowell appeared to start liking Michigan State a few months ago.

His parents weren't as much fond of the Spartan through much of the process. In the past week his mother, Joya Crowe, expressed her view of MSU publicly going as far as to say "she didn't know what she would do" if he picked MSU.

In the end, McDowell still decided his college future rested in East Lansing and a Spartan helmet.

McDowell gives Michigan State one of the top defensive line hauls in the nation with Craig Evans (Sun Prairie, Wisc.), Enoch Smith (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) and David Beedle (Clarkston, Mich.), Robert Bowers (Columbus Walnut Ridge) and Montez Sweat (Stone Mountain Stephenson, Ga.) fill out the group. Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade is committed to Michigan State, but is reportedly taking a visit to Ohio State.

(Video courtesy of GoBlueWolverine's Kyle Bogenschutz)

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