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Sunday, June 30, 2013
ESPN 300 DT McDowell names leader

By Derek Tyson

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington) received good news recently when his favorite childhood team, LSU, extended a scholarship.

The 6-foot-1, 257-pound defensive tackle, who has offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and many others, said it was a big relief to receive the offer from his home-state team.

"LSU offered me like three weeks ago," McDowell said. "That gets that pressure off my shoulders now because I'm from Louisiana. They are my top school. It's my home state, they send a lot of players to the pros, great coaching staff -- good D-line coach."

Garrald McDowell
How does an offer from childhood favorite LSU shake up Garrald McDowell's recruitment?
McDowell, who plays both defensive end and tackle in high school, said that the Tigers are recruiting him purely as a tackle.

"They want me as a defensive tackle," he said. "They want me to gain about 20 more pounds as a d-tackle."

Along with LSU, McDowell said the Rebels, Tide and Gators are other schools standing out.

"Ole Miss is a good program," he said. "It's an up-and-coming program. They have a good coaching staff and have good academics and I have a good relationship with Chris Kiffin.

"With Florida and Alabama, for one, they both send a lot players to the pros. They have good academics and have good coaching staffs. They are always in the top five."

McDowell said he could make his decision after taking his visits.

"I know I'm taking an official visit to LSU," he said. "After I finish all my five visits I might make my decision, but maybe before the season -- I don't know. I'm just taking it slow."

For McDowell, he said the opportunity to play close to home might be too much to pass up.

"It would be great to play for LSU, because I could have all my family and friends come and see me," he said. "It would be a great opportunity. I have a great relationship with Les Miles. So it would be great."