Just three days after his brother received an offer from Illinois, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward class of 2015 running back Andrew Dowell added his own offer from the Illini.
"Coach [A.J.] Ricker had messaged me the other day, and I talked to him twice last week," Dowell said. "The first time he messaged me he said he had reviewed my film and wanted me to give him a call so we could talk about it.
"In that phone call he explained how the Illinois recruiting process was going to work. Then, later in the week, I was able to give him a call back and he offered me. That was a great feeling."
For the 6-foot, 200-pound Dowell, the offer from Illinois was his first from a BCS school. It comes on the heels of a strong off-season, and a solid start to his junior season.
"[Ricker] said what other coaches have explained to me, and that was the first thing he noticed was my combination of size, speed and skill and that could be a great advantage and possibly help them out in the future," Dowell said.
Dowell and his brother David Dowell, an athlete prospect, are fraternal twins both in the 2015 class. They now hold three of the same college offers, which could play a role in how their recruitments progress.
"I can tell you this: me and David want to play college ball at the same school," Dowell said. "If it doesn't work out that way we wouldn't be opposed to going our separate ways, but we would like to play college ball together."
The Dowell brothers have made many of their college visits together, including their first game day visit of the season this past weekend.
"We went down to Ohio State for the Ohio State-Wisconsin game. It was a great atmosphere down there. That was actually our first college football game we've ever been able to attend, and it was a great experience."
Both Dowell brothers attended camps at Ohio State this past summer. They also attended a camp at Penn State, and will return to State College on Oct. 12 to see the Nittany Lions host Michigan.
"I have been talking to Coach [Anthony] Midget, who is our area recruiter," Dowell said. "We have solid interest in Penn State and hope they have solid interest in us."
Besides Illinois, Dowell also holds offers from Kent State, Ohio and Toledo. He is hearing from additional Big Ten schools, specifically mentioning strong, recent interest from Indiana coaches Deland McCullough and Kevin Wilson.
A four-star prospect, Dowell plays for a St. Edward team that is 5-0 and currently ranked as the No. 6 prep program nationally by RivalsHigh. Dowell has rushed for eight touchdowns in those five games.