McDowell Has Dual Sport Dreams

Locust Grove safety Cortez McDowell hopes to play football and baseball if he attends Georgia.

Calling Cortez McDowell a high-level high school football player would be correct.

But given his abilities on the baseball diamond, the Locust Grove two-sport standout can't be confined to one label.

He says he wants to play both sports in college, a goal he'll look into this weekend while visiting the University of Georgia.

McDowell, a safety in the fall and a center fielder in the spring, is set to attend Friday's Dawg Night, but he says he's excited for a meeting with head baseball coach Scott Stricklin.

Currently being courted by both Mark Richt and Stricklin, as well as many others coaches across the nation, McDowell says playing either sport at an SEC school is a no-brainer.

"I'll meet with Coach Stricklin on Friday to talk about baseball," he said. "Both sports are in the SEC so you can't really get any better competition, and with baseball it's one of the best conferences besides the ACC."

McDowell, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, has spoken at length with schools like Auburn, Florida State and Tennessee, but said Georgia is a school he's had a lot of contact with recently.

"Georgia is one of those schools I've talked with a lot so I'm really looking forward to Dawg Night," McDowell said. "It's one of the best schools for baseball and football so Georgia's got a lot going."

McDowell's high school baseball team hit its pinnacle in 2013 by reaching the Elite Eight, the team's best finish in school history. McDowell was a big reason why. He was named as a Perfect Game USA high school underclassmen All American Honorable Mention this spring.

Locust Grove also posted a groundbreaking record for its football program with a 6-4 finish in 2012. The Wildcats made it to the region play-in game where they fell to Riverdale 20-10. However, it was Locust Grove's best record since 2009 when the Wildcats finished with a 7-3 record.

Outside of school, McDowell has spent his summer preparing for the upcoming football season as well as working with some of the local youth.

"I've been working out and working at a few baseball camps for kids," McDowell said. "Mostly just stuff like that."

As far as McDowell's decision, he spoke highly of the SEC's dominance in his favorite pastimes.

"The SEC really has the best conference play in both sports," McDowell said.

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