McDowell taking his talents to Knoxville

A finalist in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Countdown to Super 11, Locust Grove’s Cortez McDowell has committed to playing at Tennessee and is one of 44 finalist for the final 11 spots. He is a talented safety that has the ability to disrupt the running game, cover well, and also has the size (6-1, 200) and quickness to rank him as arguably the state’s top prospect at his position. Due to his smart instincts and intuitions to read the opposing offenses, McDowell stands out as a well-balanced safety with potential to become an even better player in college.


“I’m going to take my senior year to prepare myself for college ball,” McDowell said. “I plan to play faster than how I have been playing in high school by playing at a faster pace. I’m going to try getting every look I can. It’s going to be different in college. That’s why I’m going to try using my senior year as practice for college ball.”


McDowell has been considered the No. 1 safety prospect in the state of Georgia. After declining offers from, Auburn, Georgia, and many other schools, a series of elements aided in the Locust Grove safety’s choice to become the 20th committed senior from the class of 2014 to become a Tennessee Vol.


“The chemistry of the coaches is one that many year teams starting out new do not have, they know each other inside and out,” said McDowell of how he came to commit Tennessee over his other offers. “That’s what interested me in the school the most, was the coaching staff. Also, the school has great academics. It’s a great place to play college football and it’s some place I know I’ll be happy for four or five years of my life.”


“Just going to see every different school. That was probably the best part,” said McDowell of the excitement of the recruitment process. “The good people I met, that was also great part of the recruiting process.”


Locust Grove finished 7-4 last season, and fell in the opening round of the state playoffs to Riverdale 20-10.


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