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Tennessee, OSU camps next for Dowell

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Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward class of 2015 running back Andrew Dowell is making up for a missed sophomore season by being ultra-active on the summer camp circuit.
Dowell and his brother, David Dowell - a wide receiver prospect, have attended six camps already this summer, and still have more to come.
"We are going to Tennessee this Friday," Dowell said. "Then, our coach heard from the Ohio State coaches that they want us to come back down for Friday Night Lights, so we are definitely going back down.
"We were surprised that [Ohio State] contacted our coach, but it shows they are interested. I put on a pretty good show when we went down there the first time and ran my best time there - a 4.52."
Besides Ohio State, Dowell and his brother also camped at Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern this summer, garnering their first offers in the process.
"We got our first two offers from Toledo and Kent State," Dowell said. "We got the Toledo offer on Father's Day at Michigan State. It was cool because it was Father's Day and our first offer… a pretty cool experience for our dad. We got the Kent State offer at Ohio State's [camp]."
The summer camp season is important for the 6-foot, 200-pound Dowell because he missed all of his sophomore season with a hip injury. Now back to full health, he is giving college coaches notice of what is to come this fall.
"The main thing in my recruitment is getting on the field this junior season and showing what I can do," Dowell said. "Coach [Matt] MacPherson at Northwestern, I had a pretty extensive talk with him and that was the main point. From a running back standpoint I have shown him everything I can, but before he can extend an offer he has to see me on the field."
Of all the camps he attended this summer, Dowell felt he received the strong interest from the Northwestern Wildcat's staff. He actually visited their Evanston, Ill., campus twice in the month of June.
"I definitely do like Northwestern a lot," Dowell said. "It was a big help with us going up there twice. We had more extensive talks at Northwestern and talked with the position coach for much longer."
Dowell and his brother have started off the recruiting process with the same offers, and are taking all their trips together thus far. Whether they end up at the same college remains to be seen.
"We are definitely playing it by ear," Dowell said. "It would be ideal for us to go to the same college and make things easier. But, if it weren't to work out that way and we were to go our separate ways, we would not be opposed to that."
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