McDowell Talks U-M, MSU and Upcoming Visits

4-Star DE Malik McDowell Breaks discusses U-M, MSU and who he will visit down the stretch. W/VIDEO

SAN ANTONIO -- Four-Star defensive end Malik McDowell has many experts guessing on where he will end up next season.

While he hasn't given a outright leader, he has stood by his top seven schools.

"Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, LSU (and) Alabama, " said McDowell on programs he is considering.

At 6-foot-6, 290-pounds, McDowell starred at Southfield (Mich.) High, and has been a top priority of the Michigan coaching staff. Since he lives nearby, he doesn't have to use one of his official visits to visit U-M. But has been on campus multiple times throughout the recruiting process and has a strong report with the Wolverine coaching staff.

"I got a lot of interest with the Wolverines," McDowell said. "I like the coaching staff. They tell me they can use a me a lot with the pass rush and everything. So I have a good chance starting as a freshman there."

McDowell also noted he has the same interest in Michigan's rival, Michigan State, who seem to be U-M's main competition for McDowell's services.

"I got a lot of interest in the Spartans, too," McDowell said on the Spartans. "Right now I have Michigan State and Michigan pretty even with each other. I like both of them a lot."

However, McDowell shook his head when asked if MSU and Michigan were his top-two overall.

Which enters the remaining schools on his list. He has already taken official visits to Florida and Alabama, and said he had a good time on his visit to the defending national champions.

"It was real fun hanging out with Coach Saban and all the coaching staff," McDowell said on visit to ‘Bama. "I was the only one down there, so I got a lot of attention. It was just fun hanging around all the players too."

As far as his upcoming official visits, McDowell says he will go to Florida State on the Jan. 17, LSU on Jan. 24 and Ohio State on Jan. 31. With the Buckeyes getting his last official visit, McDowell says he has a good connection with coaching staff in Columbus.

"I like them a lot," McDowell said. "I like Coach Coombs and Coach Vrabel a lot. I get along real well with Coach Vrabel. He's a good coach to me."

McDowell will make his official commitment announcement on national signing day on Feb. 5.

"That's when it's going to happen," McDowell said with smile.

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