Michigan National Signing Day Preview: Targets, Predictions and Rumor Roundup

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Michigan National Signing Day Preview: Targets, Predictions and Rumor Roundup
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Malik McDowell's family likes Michigan...but does he?

Adding Malik McDowell to the rank and file of their 2014 class would be the best-case scenario for the Michigan Wolverines.

Conversely, seeing the 4-star defensive end out of Southfield do anything but choose Michigan on national signing day would more than likely break Brady Hoke's heart.

And Greg Mattison's—can't forget about the defensive coordinator's well-being.

Stockpiled with a range of skill sets, this year's haul is hype-worthy—maybe not as much as the 2013 class, but pretty close. Of course, that could all change if McDowell signs Feb. 5. He'd give the Wolverines a 6'7," 290-pound increase in power. 

While more than interested in Ann Arbor, McDowell chose to visit Michigan State this past weekend, adding yet another twist to the in-state tussle between Hoke and Mark Dantonio.

Ohio State and Florida State round out his top four. 

Is he Hoke's? Will Dantonio snag him? Wait...the Seminoles could be a great fit. McDowell has options, as do other recruits who are committed to or considering Team 135. 

This slideshow will toss around the usual that coincides with this time of year—rumors, whispers, visits, flips, fakes and the like.

If national signing day tradition holds true, a sure thing may not be such a sure thing when it's time to sign the letter of intent.

 

All recruiting information and rankings courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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