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FOOTBALL: Star recruit McDowell enrolls at Southfield, waiting to be cleared by MHSAA

Malik McDowell, the No. 1 college football recruit in the state of Michigan, enrolled at Southfield this week. The 6-foot-7 defensive end (seen here on the left at a combine workout in Ohio earlier this year) comes to the Bluejays from Detroit Loyola Academy, a small Catholic League school that advanced into the D7 state finals in 2012.

SOUTHFIELD – It’s finally official.

After weeks of rampant speculation and rumors, Malik McDowell, the state’s No. 1 college football-recruit for the Class of 2014, has moved to Southfield and enrolled at Southfield High School.

Southfield football coach Tim Conley confirmed to The Oakland Press Friday night that McDowell, an imposing and extremely athletic 6-foot-7, 300-pound defensive lineman, had registered at the school Thursday and that he and his family have moved into the district.

The past three years, McDowell attended private school at Detroit Loyola Academy. Last fall, he posted 65 tackles and a glitzy 15 sacks, helping navigate the Bulldogs to a Catholic League title (C-D) and an appearance in the Division 7 state finals.

Conley and the Bluejays football program are still waiting for the MHSAA to declare McDowell eligible for the upcoming season.

The Bluejays open the 2013 campaign on August 30 versus two-time defending Division 1 state-champion Detroit Cass Tech at Wayne State in the annual Prep Kickoff Classic.

If and when McDowell is cleared to play, he will join a Southfield squad already loaded with college prospects, including University of Michigan-commit and fellow defensive lineman Lawrence Marshall. Both dominant pass-rushers off the edge, McDowell and Marshall would team in the trenches for the Bluejays to become a quarterback’s worst nightmare.

Still uncommitted, McDowell has his choice of a wealth of elite college scholarship offers, spanning the nation and spawning from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, USC, Tennessee, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State.

Sources close to McDowell have long claimed Michigan the frontrunner in the race for the defensive gem’s services and this current decision might point to just that, considering he’s coming over to Southfield to join forces with the Ann Arbor-bound Marshall, also a premiere national recruit that saw offers come in from high-profile programs across the land.

Southfield received another talented transfer in senior quarterback Jalen Brady last winter. Brady landed in Southfield from Grand Ledge.

Even prior to Brady or McDowell getting there, Southfield was expected to be one of the top teams in the area. Now. they might be one of the best teams in the state.

For more high school coverage, read Scott Burnstein's blog, BURNEY'S BYTES.

Last Updated: 7/13/2013 11:01:48 PM EST

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