Detroit (Mich.) Loyola 2014 defensive end, Malik McDowell is one of the top recruits in the Midwest. A four-star prospect, he has already been on visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame this spring.
At 6-foot-6, 300-pounds, McDowell says he is the “No. 1” target on most schools boards, including Michigan’s.
“It’s pretty much like ‘we really need you.’ I don’t know how to explain it,” McDowell said on his conversation with the Wolverine coaching staff. “That’s pretty much the whole conversation about me coming to Michigan.”
As of right now, McDowell said he has no set visits to Ann Arbor in the near future. Although he does plan on visiting the school again, he said there is nothing he really wants to see on his next visit. However, there have been a few things that stood out on past visits to campus.
“(Michigan’s football) field and they got this little academic program called ‘impact’, it’s real sweet. It just helps you find what you want to do in life. So pretty much that,” McDowell said.
With the Maize & Blue’s recent success of 2014 commitments, McDowell has been getting recruited vigorously by recent commit and Scout.com No. 3 wide receiver, Drake Harris.
“Like two days ago Drake hit me up on Twitter and was like, ‘When you going to join the family?’ or something like that,” McDowell recalled. “I was like, ‘I ain’t going to college.’ I was just messing around with him. Yeah, all the 2014 commits form Michigan are trying to get me to come.
“I knew most of them already. I didn’t know Drake. I met Drake this year. But I knew Dave (Dawson) and them before I even started to get (recruited). It’s cool, petty much.”
Last month, McDowell took in the spring game at Michigan State. On his visit, he had a chance to hang out with former MSU defensive end, William Gholston, who was recently drafted in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It went good,” McDowell said on his visit to MSU. “Right after the spring game I got to hang out with Will Gholston for the rest of the day. So it was a nice trip.
“(Gholston) was pretty much telling me it’s a nice place to go. He said it was fun.”
McDowell says he will commit on either National Signing Day or at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In the meantime, he said he still wants to make campus visits to USC, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and LSU.
While McDowell is aware of Nike combines and other notable camps this summer. He says he has no set dates in this summer’s camp circuit.
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