Published December 6, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
This weekend, we’ll see if the allure of the SEC can sway two prospects from ‘up north’.
It could be a stretch to think he’ll end up in the south, but Malik McDowell–the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan–is coming to Alabama this weekend for an official visit. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive end is a heavy Michigan lean, but he’ll be checking out the Crimson Tide this weekend and is expected to travel to Florida next weekend. The four-star prospect out of Loyola H.S. has checked out Michigan State and Ohio State, but the Wolverines seem to be the northern school to beat for his services. Maybe that changes after this weekend?
Another top kid from the colder parts is Jalen Tabor, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from the Washington, D.C. area. Like McDowell, it is thought he’ll stay closer to home, but this weekend he is expected to be on Florida’s campus and the Gators will be pitching early playing time as a reason to come to Gainesville. Tabor is on the fringe of being rated a five-star prospect, and has all the tools to make it happen.
Ole Miss is also expected to have a small contingent on campus, headed up by junior college OL Fahn Cooper, who is rated a top 10 offensive tackle in the JUCO national rankings.
Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.