Teammates and schoolmates react after Malik McDowell, right, announces he will be attending Michigan State University to play football during a national signing day ceremony at Southfield High School's gym in Southfield, Mich.
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COLUMBUS — Coveted defensive lineman Malik McDowell will sign with Michigan State, after all.
Against the public wishes of his parents, the five-star prospect from Southfield, Mich., selected the Spartans over Ohio State and Florida State in a ceremony at his high school today.
For the Buckeyes, the McDowell soap opera — fueled by his parents desire for him to leave behind the distractions of his home state — marked the only drama early on signing day. OSU is expected to sign a 22-member recruiting class ranked among the top five hauls nationally.
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