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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dowell brothers turning recruiting on ear

By Brad Bournival

Andrew Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) had the hit heard 'round Ohio during a camp this summer in Columbus.

David Dowell is the flashy wideout with offers that have landed him on the ESPN Junior 300.

No matter how fans look at it, the two brothers for St. Edward are the oars that row the boat for the Eagles.

Both stole the show at the Friday Night Camp at Ohio State in July, but both are very different players.

That Andrew’s best position is running back, where he is a bruising runner with speed, and David’s best spot is at wide receiver make for a great one-two punch alongside Michigan pledge Shaun Crawford.

It’s also why the tandem is blowing up in the recruiting scene.

Andrew counts offers from Kent State, Illinois, Ohio and Toledo, but is being courted by Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State. David has pocketed offers from Kent State, Illinois, Tennessee and Toledo and has the same interest from Big Ten schools.

“To me, if you’re going to be in our program, you’ll work hard and they brought that in,” St. Edward coach Rick Finotti said. “They have a great work ethic. They come from a tremendous family. They’re fun to coach.”

College coaches have taken notice as the Dowells remain busy on unofficial visits when time allows as many of St. Edward’s games happen Saturday.

Still, the Dowells were in Columbus last weekend for the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win over Wisconsin and will be in Happy Valley on Oct. 12 for Penn State’s Big Ten clash with Michigan.

For the two, who seemingly gain recruiting momentum each weekend, it’s not about just competing on the field -- it’s about competing with each other.

They’re best friends, but they also critique each other -- mostly in a positive manner.

“You’re getting a tough, physical runner in Andrew,” David said. “If you tackle, him you’re going to feel it. You’re not just going to bring him down. He’s got a lot of potential.”

Or as Andrew put it: “David is a two-way player and is good both ways. He has good hands -- I think mine are better, of course – but he has good size and is a great player. He works hard.”

That’s what Finotti noticed first when the Dowells stepped on St. Edward’s campus as freshmen. Finotti had already heard about their potential as two-sport standouts -- the two are excellent basketball players -- but what the coach saw in terms of work ethic sold him.

“They got lifts in by themselves during basketball season, but when that ended Andrew went right into the group with the offensive linemen and David went with the safeties,” Finotti said. “They want guys to push them. It’s naturally born into them to find situations that will make them better.”

As for that future, Finotti isn’t big on prognostication, but made an exception when talking about his two potential college standouts.

“I’m not a forecaster, I’m just a high school coach,” Finotti said. “But they both have the physical tools to be big-time college players. They have to stay injury-free, keep working hard and keep their grades up. If they do that, there’s no ceiling for them.”