It seems there may be only one way Michigan adds to its 2014 class at this point.

And that one way comes in the form of five-star Southfield High School defensive end Malik McDowell.

McDowell, ranked as the No. 36 prospect in America per, has whittled his recruiting list down to four schools: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.

So, where exactly does Michigan place in this equation?

"I think there's a chance, but it changes probably every day, maybe even hourly,"'s Midwest Football Recruiting Manager, and Michigan-based analyst, Allen Trieu says. "I think this will go right down to the wire, and I'd expect things could change a lot between now and Signing Day, when Malik makes his decision.

"I think Michigan still has a chance. I know they're scheduled to have an in-home (visit) with him pretty soon here, and that can make a difference. We'll see if he makes an unofficial trip back to campus. He's kept them on his list, he's at least willing to talk to them. That's all you can ask for."

McDowell has not made an official visit to Michigan at this point, and currently has no plans to.

Part of the reasoning for that, though, is due to the fact that the 6-foot-6, 292-pounder has made numerous unofficial trips to campus. An official visit is classified as a trip to a campus that is fully paid for by the university. Prospects are limited to five official visits, per NCAA rules.

Unofficial visits, however, come at the cost of the prospect. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits a prospect can make.

Per, McDowell visited Michigan unofficially four times in 2013.

"Is he likely going to Michigan? I wouldn't say that," Trieu said. "But are they out of it, by any means?

"Definitely not."

McDowell reportedly made an official visit to Michigan State this past weekend, and will next make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. He has already made an official trip to Florida State.

If McDowell ends up at Michigan, obviously the Wolverines will be thrilled.

But if he ends up at Michigan State, it could bring about questions as to whether or not the Spartans -- the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions last season -- have taken hold of the recruiting landscape in the state of Michigan.