When he landed in the Midwest, the Class of 2013 wide receiver continued to question his decision.
"I was a little nervous," McDowell said. "I could tell on my first day that I probably would be a little homesick. On the second day, I got a little more comfortable and the homesick feeling kind of went away. Leaving Texas (to attend college) wouldn't be that bad."
McDowell, a Texas State verbal commitment, officially visited the Hawkeyes this weekend. He chose Texas State in July and remains pledged to that school.
"Right now, I'm committed to Texas State," McDowell said. "That's the school I want to go to. It's still a little confusing because I'm getting feedback from schools that are interested. It's confusing."
Iowa and Duke are keeping McDowell in the picture for a scholarship offer, the DeSoto High product said.
"I know I'm good with Texas State," the 5-foot-9, 175-pound McDowell said. "Iowa, they show a lot of interest. They say they want me to come down there to play football but they have to make up their minds, go through and evaluate everybody and figure out what they want to do. I feel like I'm pretty much in the mix with it, for a scholarship or whatever."
Iowa this weekend played host to two receivers - Brian Lemelle and Cameron Smith - to which it has offered scholarships. Two other pass catchers, McDowell and DAndre Fuller, visited without offers. The Hawkeyes also spoke with visitor, Jacquille Veii, about playing receiver after recruiting him as a cornerback.
"It makes it a little more difficult (if Iowa offers)," McDowell said. "I can talk to my parents. They're involved with Texas State because that's where they visited. If they did offer, it would complicate things a little but I'm not sure how it would change things. It's confusing for me."
McDowell, who wants to study broadcasting, said he felt comfortable with the Hawkeye coaches and players. Texas native, Jacob Hillyer, played host to him on the visit.
"I really liked how the college is a part of the town," McDowell said. "It's great football. They have really good academics as well."
McDowell said he's going to try to relax until signing day (Feb 6). He can only control so much.
"I'm just going to see how things play out this week," McDowell said. "If Iowa offers, then I have a decision to make. If not, I'm probably heading to Texas State."