- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Defensive end Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) has been a relatively quiet recruit. That’s not a good thing for the fans, because the 2014 prospect happens to be one of the biggest in-state recruits.
His lack of interaction with the media has left some Michigan fans wondering where the Wolverines stand, and when he might make a decision.
“I don’t call any coaches or anything. Nothing has died down [with Michigan], people just make it sound like that with the clothes I wear,” he said. “I wear Michigan State shorts and they say I’m going to Michigan State, or I wear Michigan shorts and I’m going to Michigan. I really do like Michigan, nothing has changed with them.”
He said initially that a decision might come early but has since changed his mind. McDowell now says he plans on waiting until midway through his senior season to make his college choice.
“We’re playing right now so that’s my focus. It’ll all be there when I’m ready,” he said. “I’m not going to brag about anything or talk about it. I am trying to trim my list down by the end of the season, though.”
McDowell is so focused on the season right now that he doesn’t even know what offers he actually holds. He was just told about an offer from Wisconsin but isn’t concerned about what programs have been in contact with his coach.
Checking in at 6-foot-7, 280 pounds, he currently plays offensive and defensive line for his team.
“I think I would be best at defensive tackle and defensive end,” he said. “I can’t be blocked; that’s my motto.”
He isn’t positive of how many college games he’ll make it out to this season, but he does have one particular game in mind. Both he and his mom would like to be on hand when Notre Dame takes on Michigan State.
“My mom really likes Notre Dame, and I guess she grew up liking them,” he said. “I don’t know how we’re going to do that because I have an offer from both. Maybe they’ll put me in the middle of the goal posts. Other games I don’t know yet.”
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