"Auburn was great today," McDowell says. "I got a chance to watch practice and watched the new defensive scheme they put in. I'm watching the program rebuild itself."
Getting a great opportunity to get to know Coach Charlie Harbison on and off the field, the 6-2, 203 McDowell notes that he really likes the way the former Clemson staffer coaches the safety position. That falls in life for what he saw out of the entire staff, a group he believes is getting ready to do good things at Auburn.
"Coach Harbison would be my position coach," McDowell says. "I just met him this year when he arrived at Auburn. This is really my first time getting to really meet him.
"They mean business," he adds. "Any high school player that wants to play college football needs to come and be around the coaches that would be coaching them so they can understand what the coaches are like. He would be a good coach for me. He reminds me of my two coaches that were with me on the trip. He will work you, but he will push you. If you do the right thing he will love on you and that's a good thing. It's something to look out for."
Making the trip along with several of his coaches, McDowell should know plenty about Auburn following his third trip to the Plains. If he doesn't then two of the Locust Grove assistants can fill him in as Ronney Daniels and Karsten Bailey have plenty of experience as Tigers.
"Since they both played there they know the ins and outs, but they also know they won't be able to help me," McDowell says. "It's going to be on me. They are just giving me the insight of how to take everything into perspective. I'm just trying to do everything the right way."
Planning to narrow down his list sometime before his senior season begins, McDowell says that at the moment all of his schools are equal. Hoping to make his final decision sometime this fall, he notes that Auburn definitely made a big push for him after what he saw on Saturday.
"Everybody right now is equal," McDowell says. "After today they left a big impression on me because of the message they are sending out. It's one of the best messages I have seen and heard in a long time. They are just trying to build a foundation and when you do it starts from the ground. That's a good thing right now."