Sophomore safety drawing attention

Cortez McDowell is a sophomore safety out of Georgia and he is starting to draw attention from college coaches.

"Alabama, Georgia, and Georgia Tech are some of the schools that have asked me about Cortez McDowell," Locust Grove Head Coach Clint Satterfield told Scout. "Kirby Smart (Alabama) saw his film and he really got interested in him. He is going to be a player a lot of coaches recruit."

McDowell is a 6-foot-2, 205 pound safety in the 2014 class and he 63 tackles as sophomore. He is known as a big hitter.

"Oh yeah, he liked to hit. He comes up and plays physical as a safety. He can run and he just likes to get in there and make plays," Satterfield said.

The Locust Grove, Ga. native has watched some top safeties in college and he tries to learn from them.

"John Boyett from Oregon, Bacarri Rambo from Georgia, and Mark Barron from Alabama are three [safeties] I have really paid attention to. They can all make plays and I have watched them for a few years," McDowell said.

Not only does McDowell hit in a big way like his coach said, but he tries to play smart as well.

"I want to identify the play and the ball very early. When I play starts, I feel like I can recognize what is going to happen. I have a good idea where the ball is going, and I try to get in position to make the play."

Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Oregon, and South Carolina were schools listed by McDowell as schools of interest, but he has no leader early on.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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