Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward class of 2015 athlete David Dowell has put the miles in this summer traveling to college football camps. His efforts have paid off with three offers, his latest coming on Saturday from the Tennessee Volunteers.
"I was really excited," Dowell said. "When Coach [Butch] Jones called me over and told me he was going to offer me, I was really thankful for it. Especially with my first BCS offer coming from the SEC, hopefully things will open up now."
Dowell has attended camps at Michigan, Michigan State, Northwesterm Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh this summer. He had been planning the camp to Tennessee for some time, though, and foresaw a good performance leading to an offer.
"I thought it was possible, for sure," Dowell said. "We had been in contact with the recruiting coordinator and he really wanted us to come down there. I felt like if we were able to get down there, there'd be a good chance I'd get an offer."
The 6-foot, 177-pound Dowell has played both wide receiver and cornerback at various camps this summer. Tennessee, at this time, is recruiting him as an athlete, but he worked primarily on defense at Saturday's camp.
"I worked out at corner, then during one-on-ones I worked out at both wide receiver and corner," Dowell said. "I was working with the cornerbacks coach, then the defensive coordinator was also watching me a lot. They liked my size and they liked how I can move for my size."
The offer from Tennessee is Dowell's third of the process, following early tenders from Kent State and Toledo that he picked up last month.
"I have three offers right now and all of them are pretty much on a level playing field," Dowell said. "It is early in the process for me, but I do really like Tennessee. Going down there, they have a brand new football facility and they have more plans for the future. We got to go on a little [tour], and that was pretty awesome."
Dowell was joined at Tennessee's camp by his brother, fellow class of 2015 prospect Andrew Dowell. Andrew is a running back prospect who missed all of his sophomore season with a hip injury, but he has also had a good summer camp season and was watched closely by the Tennessee coaches on Saturday.
"He said he got really good feedback," Dowell said. "He said he had a really good day, the running backs coach just wants to see more film from Andrew."
The Dowell brothers will be making one final summer camp appearance, and that will be at Ohio State this upcoming week for Friday Night Lights.
"We went down there about a month ago and I got some good feedback from Coach [Kerry] Coombs," Dowell said. "I'm going to go down there [this week], hopefully build a better relationship with him and show him what I can do."