ESPN.com reported on April 2, 2014, regarding the resolution of the recruiting “saga” involving prospective football student-athlete Malik McDowell and his mother, Joya Crowe. According to ESPN.com: “The No. 5-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 delivered a signed letter of intent Wednesday to Michigan State, the school to which he committed on signing day amid a flurry of confusion. McDowell’s mother, Joya Crowe, disagreed with her son’s choice, igniting nearly two months of speculation and indecision as Michigan, Florida State and Ohio State remained as candidates to land the 6-foot-6, 290-pound defender out of Southfield, Mich. McDowell announced Wednesday morning on Twitter that he faxed his paperwork to MSU on Tuesday night.”
For persons familiar with the recruiting process, a prospect’s choice of a college or university is not always the number one selection of the prospect’s parents. For the majority of the time, the disagreements between parent and child do not become front page news. However, on a few occasions, the intra-family disagreement leaks to the media and, by extension, the public.