Malik McDowell signs NLI with Michigan State

Malik McDowell just beat the April 1 deadline. (247 Sports)
Malik McDowell just beat the April 1 deadline. (247 Sports)
Five-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell will be a Spartan after all.

The Detroit native's highly scrutinized and highly public recruitment finally ended Tuesday night, when McDowell tweeted that his letter of intent had been delivered to Michigan State and cited sources "with knowledge of the situation" in reporting McDowell's paperwork had indeed arrived.

The Spartans later confirmed that the letter of intent was in, with Mark Dantonio scheduled to appear at a press conference at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. 

From McDowell's Twitter feed:

And from Mark Dantonio's:

McDowell declared his intent to sign with the Spartans on Signing Day, but could not persuade his mother, Joya Crowe, to sign the letter of intent. Both of McDowell's parents said they wanted McDowell to leave the state, though his father eventually said he supported Malik's decision to head to East Lansing. 

Even after McDowell declared in mid-February he would not be taking any visits to other programs, his letter of intent remained unsigned, with the April 1 deadline looming. Even as of Tuesday afternoon, it appeared that it would not arrive in time, before an apparent change of heart on Crowe's part.

A 6-foot-7, 290-pound strongside defensive end or defensive tackle, McDowell was rated a five-star recruit and the No. 32 overall prospect at any position in the 247Sports composite Top 247. He chose Michigan State over Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.

A Signing Day video report from CBS 62 Detroit:

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