When Michigan State offered Michael Dowell a scholarship in June, onlookers felt a commitment was imminent.
His twin brothers, Andrew and David Dowell, play for the Spartans. Michael says that assuming he will follow in their footsteps would be premature.
“I’m pretty wide open. I know a lot of people are thinking that I’m just going to go to Michigan State with my brothers, but I haven’t made that decision yet,” he told HN.
Iowa is among the schools he is considering. The Hawkeyes offered the junior cornerback earlier this month.
“Iowa first started recruiting me last spring when Coach (Phil) Parker came through the school. They came to see me during the open periods (the last year),” Michael Dowell said.
Michael Dowell said he met with Parker at Lakewood (OH) St. Edward the week before the Feb. 1 signing day for the 2017 class.
“He said they were deciding whether to offer me or somebody else. Then they decided to offer me,” Dowell said.
While he would not be with his brothers if he chose Iowa, Dowell would be closer to another relative. His grandmother lives in Des Moines, where his mother, Anita Dowell, grew up.
“I’m pretty familiar with the state of Iowa,” Michael said. “The football team, I know they produce good corners such as Desmond King, so that opens my eyes.”
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Dowell said he visits his grandmother during the summer. He may see her sooner than that this year.
“I’m going to try to make it to one of (Iowa’s) spring practices this year,” he said.
Dowell (6-0, 190) also reports scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Toledo. Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State are showing him interest.
“I believe I’m a long, lanky cover corner. I’m physical off the line and I’m good at not letting people behind me,” said Dowell, who plays in a cover four at St. Edward.
Last summer, Dowell visited Michigan State, Penn State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. He hopes to see Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland and Duke in the spring. Minnesota and Cincinnati also could receive visits.
“First of all, my family is very important to me, so wherever my family feels most comfortable will be important,” Dowell said about what he’s looking for in a school. “Beyond that, somewhere where I can grow my faith in God, somewhere that feels like home and comfortable. I know at Iowa they have a great tradition.”
Dowell, who is considering majoring in International Studies or Political Science, would like to commit to a school before his senior season starts but he won’t rush it.
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“That’s not something that’s pressuring me right now,” he said. “My focus and No. 1 goal is to win a state championship.”
Dowell also plays basketball and runs track at St. Edward. He just missed reaching the state meet in the 400 meters, where he said his best time last season was 49.79 seconds.
With so much going on, Dowell is taking his time with recruiting. He wants to learn as much as he can about all the schools interested in him even if he ends up joining his brothers at MSU in the end.
“I believe that whatever school I go to is going to be the best fit for me and it’s going to be my path. If I do end up going to Michigan State, it’s going to be my decision. It’s not going to be because my brothers go there,” he said.