While McDowell didn't commit on his visit, Scout's No. 5 DE in the country had a familiar voice in his ear in U-M 2014 wide receiver commit Maurice Ways, who was doing his best to get McDowell to join him in Ann Arbor.
"He is one of my friends and we're pretty close," Ways said. "I was talking to him. I was really talking to him about Michigan, but just talking and joking around and enjoying the barbecue. I definitely think he is leaning towards Michigan. I think, you know, if I had to bet on it, that if I was betting man I would say at the end of the day he'll be a Michigan Wolverine. You know, things can always change from here and now and then, but I personally have a good feeling that he will come aboard."
McDowell was most certainly the biggest 2014 prospect in attendance, but Ways said his recruiting efforts will not stop with the Southfield star. He also has his sights on Da'Shawn Hand and Adoree Jackson.
"Da'Shawn Hand is another guy we can get," Ways said. "Even Adoree Jackson the cornerback. Malik, Da'Shawn and Adorree, those three guys are our main focus right now. If we can get those three or two out of three, but we'll be focused on to trying to get them on board."
Michigan landed quite arguably the best wide receiver prospect in the 2015 class with the commitment of wide receiver George Campbell on Sunday. Ways said he wasn't shocked at all about the commitment, in fact, he was expecting it.
"Not at all," said Ways in the commitment of Campbell. "I knew all along that George was coming to Michigan. The fact that Mason Cole (goes to school with him) and we all text and tweet him sometimes. At the BBQ he was hanging out with me and Drake (Harris) and we took a picture together and we felt this was the future of Michigan football. We're going to be great and we have a lot of weapons and a matchup nightmare for cornerbacks. It's a great thing to have other great players around you to help you get better. Also, you have a better chance of winning.
"I think offensively we are going to great and a matchup nightmare. You take away the rushing game, we got the passing game. If you take away the passing game, we got the running game. It's going to be so many different schemes and what we will be able to do on offense will be great."
In the meantime, Ways said he will getting ready for a big senior season for Detroit Country Day. Also, before the season he might get together with Michigan 2014 quarterback commit Wilton Speight for some throw and catch.
"Yeah, hopefully before schools starts we might try to get back to Ann Arbor and get a local high school or something, but we haven't worked out yet."