4-Star Safety Has Big Cat Fun at Auburn

Class of 2014 football prospect Cortez McDowell talks about his visit to Auburn to take part in Big Cat Weekend.

Locust Grove, Ga.--Big Cat Weekend visitor Cortez McDowell from Locust Grove High School said he had a lot of fun during his time in Auburn hanging out with coaches and other prospects.

"My favorite part was all of the events we competed in," the four-star safety said. "I never expected something like that. It was a lot of fun."

Asked what his best event was, he said, "Junk in the trunk. Me and Coach (Dameyune) Craig we shook a little bit. We were trying to get all of the ping pong balls out of a lunch container that had a little hole in the top. You had to twist your hips a bit to be able to do it.

"It was a good day," McDowell said. "It gave me a chance to talk to the coaches, an opportunity to understand the coaches a lot more. I spent a lot more time with Coach Craig and Coach (Charlie) Harbison, the two guys who are pretty much recruiting me. It was just a good day.

"I liked how the coaches interacted with the kids, how they were always around, always smiling," he said, noting that it was different from any other recruiting trip he has previously made. "The others were more business-like.

"I think my mom loved it and I think my brother loved it, too," said McDowell, who noted that he plans to return to Auburn in July and then come back for a football game in the fall, adding that he is no hurry to make a college choice.

"Right now everybody is still the same," he said. "I won't know until the summer when I start narrowing things down, but today was a good impression. We will just have to wait to see this summer."

McDowell, a 6-2, 203 prospect, is ranked as the No. 26 safety prospect in the country by Scout.com. He has been very interested in the Tigers as one of his favorites since taking a visit to Auburn in March to watch the Tigers go through a spring practice.

He made that trip to Auburn with two of his high school coaches, Karsten Bailey and Ronney Daniels, who are two of the more productive wide receivers in AU football history.

McDowell made 63 tackles as a junior while breaking up 10 passes, intercepting two passes while adding a sack and a forced fumble. He was also productive as a sophomore and has attracted a large number of scholarship offers including ones from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt from the SEC. Among the other offers are ones from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Miami.

On his trip to Auburn he spent time with AU tight end commitment Chris Laye and other prospects from the state of Georgia including Nick Chubb, Dante Sawyer, Andrew Williams and Elisa Shaw. "We played together in the junior all-star game and ot was a chance for us all to get back together and hang out," said.

Asked to sum up the Big Cat event, McDowell said, "Today was just a fun day."

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