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Five-star LB holding out for MSU

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07:38 AM ET 02.17 | Weeks after National Signing Day, one storyline remained without a final chapter before making the call -- and it has not been without its drama. "@JoshNewkirk7: I just talked with Malik McDowell. He confirmed he is still solid W/MSU. He is taking no more visits. He has talked with no other coaches. Malik said he has no interest in any other programs. He is just waiting to sign the papers with MSU before April 1. McDowell did confirm other programs are talking with his high school coach. He also noted he has some new offers. McDowell seemed pretty confident he will be at Michigan State next season. So there is that -- have good day everyone."

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February 17, 2014  07:50 AM ET

Stick to your guns kid.

February 17, 2014  08:07 AM ET

I can't believe Michigan State is off the schedule til 2016. Nows your chance to sneak in an undefeated season Spartans. The Irish will be busy embarrassing your big dumb brother in South Bend.

February 17, 2014  08:19 AM ET

Come to UTK, we need more LB's.

February 17, 2014  09:08 AM ET

So now we are getting threads, with the byline being from "Twitter", telling us that nothing has changed for a recruit?


Lord, the offseason suxes mightily.

February 17, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I can't believe Michigan State is off the schedule til 2016. Nows your chance to sneak in an undefeated season Spartans. The Irish will be busy embarrassing your big dumb brother in South Bend.

Too bad y'all skeeered of the Buckeyes!

February 17, 2014  09:38 AM ET

I don't understand that kid's mother. It's not like MSU is a BAD school. The young man will be able to make all his own choices soon...I would think she would want to be in on some of those. She needs to get behind him soon or lose him. His dad is on board with this...even though he doesn't agree with the choice of school. He supports his son.

What would be great is if every single other school pulled their offers. Force the mother to accept the only offer on the table. Maybe she should take a look at Landon Collins...that hasn't worked out too bad for him.

February 17, 2014  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I can't believe we lucked out and beat Michigan State to ruin their undefeated season. Good thing for us the Spartans are off our schedule until 2016. In the meantime, the Irish will be busy embarrassing your whimpy brother in South Bend.

FIFY

February 17, 2014  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Come to UTK, we need more LB's.

He's a DE, not a LB. If you're going to poach our recruits, at least know who/what you're trying to steal. ;-)

February 17, 2014  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So now we are getting threads, with the byline being from "Twitter", telling us that nothing has changed for a recruit?Lord, the offseason suxes mightily.

Nothing has changed. Some media outlets in metro Detroit (aka the Blue Wall) keep putting out quotes from the kid's parents (recently his Dad) to push the story that McDowell's recruitment is open. Everything from the kid has been MSU, and only MSU. The Detroit Free Press (charter member of the Blue Wall) finally quoted the kid in a story yesterday. He is not going to visit tOSU or FSU or anywhere else. He is making progress with his Mom (custodial parent) to get her to sign the LOI.

February 17, 2014  10:21 AM ET

Waiting for more snow, Monday quad.

February 17, 2014  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's a DE, not a LB. If you're going to poach our recruits, at least know who/what you're trying to steal. ;-)

You know I was stunned by the headline too. Why are they calling him an LB?

February 17, 2014  11:26 AM ET

It's that new 3-4 thing... You basically have a quick DE-type pass rushing from anywhere on any given play.

February 17, 2014  11:56 AM ET

If mama ain't happy....... and she's onto something , and she intends to look out for her baby boy.

February 17, 2014  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It's that new 3-4 thing... You basically have a quick DE-type pass rushing from anywhere on any given play.

MSU plays a 4-3 formation. Our DE's have to be able to rush the QB and stop the run. Almost always line up with their hand in the dirt.

February 17, 2014  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He is not going to visit tOSU or FSU or anywhere else.

Good. Other schools shouldn't even be interested in this kid anymore. He IS going to MSU, and I hope he is a beast for the Sparty-men.

February 17, 2014  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Come to UTK, we need more LB's.

You probably don't want this can of worms. And I thought he was a DE too.

February 17, 2014  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

MSU plays a 4-3 formation. Our DE's have to be able to rush the QB and stop the run. Almost always line up with their hand in the dirt.

Yes, but my post #12 was in response the the question posed about a MSU DE prospect being called an LB in the thread topper. Clearly, the focus was not no MSU and their 4-3 D, but on the perspective of those who would call McDowell a LB.



Maybe if I ad a smiley face ;-)

February 17, 2014  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's a DE, not a LB. If you're going to poach our recruits, at least know who/what you're trying to steal. ;-)

DE, LB, it doesn't matter. The Vols need D players since the ncaa outlawed the 6-3-4 defense.





(that never gets old, especially for fans of a certain Louisiana team!)

February 17, 2014  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

DE, LB, it doesn't matter. The Vols need D players since the ncaa outlawed the 6-3-4 defense.(that never gets old, especially for fans of a certain Louisiana team!)

May 3 stray cats each have a litter of 6 kittens under your front porch.

 
February 17, 2014  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Yes, but my post #12 was in response the the question posed about a MSU DE prospect being called an LB in the thread topper. Clearly, the focus was not no MSU and their 4-3 D, but on the perspective of those who would call McDowell a LB. Maybe if I ad a smiley face ;-)

Sorry, didn't mean to come off heavy handed.

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