SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Detroit Loyola defensive end Malik McDowell is one of the Midwest’s top prospects in the 2014 class, so it is no surprise the region’s biggest programs are showing him the most love.
“Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame,” McDowell said is showing him the most interest. All three have offered.
Later this month, McDowell will make a visit to Notre Dame. It will be his first time on the South Bend, Ind., campus. He will be there for the Fighting Irish’s camp.
“Having a good time, going against some other good players,” McDowell said he is looking forward to most.
McDowell said he has a great relationship with both the Notre Dame and Michigan staffs, but neither is not at the top of his list.
“All the schools are even. I haven’t even thought about it,” McDowell said. “I try to keep my mind off it and stay humble.”
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer talked about using the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp that McDowell was at as a way to bring Ohio State into the Detroit area. McDowell is easily one of the prospects Meyer hopes to steal from the Wolverines in the 2014 class.
“They just want to get me up there (to campus), see the academic program,” McDowell said. “My grades are good, so they liked that.”
An early sleeper for McDowell is Oregon, which also offered the 6-foot-5, 260-pound sophomore. It’s hardly a surprise what McDowell likes most about the Ducks at this point.
“Oregon? Uniforms,” McDowell said with a smile. “Uniforms and they’re a winning team. And they’re fast. If I go there I might become a little speedy.”