Detroit Loyola junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell was dominant in the Bulldogs 28-18 over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes last Friday night. GBW was there to check in on the top 2014 prospect in the Midwest,, as he talked about his performance, his thoughts on Michigan, decision timeline and more.***video interview/highlights included***
The rain wouldn’t go away Friday night.
But neither would junior defensive tackle Malik McDowell, as he led Detroit Loyola with 10 tackles, including five for loss in the Bulldogs 28-18 victory over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.
“A real fun game, worked real hard, played real hard,” McDowell said afterward. “I had to work real hard. They were a tough team.”
“I was trying to tear it up every play.”
Fortunately for Loyola (7-0) he was fairly successful in doing so. It wound up being McDowell & company’s closest game of the year. Loyola’s next closet outcome was a week one victory over Old Redford Academy 43-8.
At 6-foot-5, 268-pounds, McDowell came on the scene this last summer during the camp circuit. He credits the camp exposure for his increased skill level and rise in recruiting.
“I learned a lot of stuff over the summer,” he explained. “I learned a lot of moves getting to the quarterback. The camps really helped me out, not only recruiting wise, but just talent wise.”
The Fox Sports Next team obviously agreed, recently ranking McDowell the #15 overall player in the 2014 class and top player in the Midwest region. He currently holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, USC, Ohio State, Syracuse, Oregon, UCLA, Wisconsin, Toledo, and Central Michigan. With two years of high school football remaining, he said there is no rush into making a college decision.
“I talk to all of them a lot,” McDowell said regarding all the schools offering him. “They mail me a lot and send me a lot of letters and everything. But everybody is still even with me. I don’t have a top-five or top anything.’
McDowell had an opportunity to visit Ann Arbor for the match up with Massachusetts earlier this season. The experience definitely left a positive impression.
“They a real good team,” McDowell said on his visit to Michigan. “They work hard and play hard. And I know a lot of their players.
“It was a real hype game. It was just real live. It was a lot of people there, a lot of cheering. I like doing the wave, so that was real fun.”
McDowell’s mother proved to be equally impressed.
“My mom really likes Michigan,” McDowell said. “She likes the coaches. She talks to them on Facebook and everything. So she likes Michigan and Notre Dame a lot.”
Brady Hoke recently returned the favor done by the McDowells when he stopped by Loyola to speak with the talented youngster’s coach and watch game film. Michigan’s head man definitely made an impression.
“Pretty much my coach said Brady Hoke really wants me down there,” McDowell said. “And that I would be playing defense and would be working with him. And that, that wouldn’t be the last head coach to come down to our school.”
As far as a decision timeline, McDowell said he would like to make his collegiate choice during his senior year during one of the post season All-Star games. In the meantime he is focused on his season and will ramp up his school visits next summer.
“Next year during the summer I will probably make it to schools out of state, like Alabama and schools like them.”
To view the video interview and watch the highlights of McDowell in action, press play below.