Louisiana D-Lineman Waiting On K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State did well recruiting in The Pelican State with native Michael Smith on the staff. Smith left to coach at Arkansas in January. The Wildcats hope to continue their success in Louisiana without Smith and are in the mix with, Garrald McDowell, who is regarded as one of the best senior defensive lineman in the 2014 class.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound standout at Covington High School is still waiting to hear more from Kansas State.

"Kansas State was my first offer in November," said McDowell. "At the time they offered me they were ranked number one in the nation, so I was both shocked and excited to receive it. It's been awhile since I spoke to anyone from there. My recruiting has picked up. I currently have offers. USC just offered me this week.

"At the time they offered me, coach said they loved me on film. They just liked my ability to get in the backfield, my motor, the way I use my hands to get off of blocks. I love that they were the first to offer me, but I'm waiting to hear more from them."

It didn't take the new staff at Arkansas long to offer McDowell. Nick Saban has also extended an offer at Alabama. He also holds offers from both Mississippi and Mississippi State, and Miami (Fla.) and Louisiana-Lafayette. The recruiting attention comes off the heels of a highly successful junior year for the Lions which saw McDowell receive a spot on the All-state team for Louisiana Class 5A.

"It was nice," he said of his accolades. "I got Player of the Week for my game against Fontainebleau when I had 10 tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss. I also received All-Distinct and All-Metro honors. I play everywhere on the d-line, like two-technique, three-technique, and end. This year my instincts improved as did my nose for the football."

Recruiting the New Orleans area product to Manhattan will be a challenge to the Wildcats. He's also hearing from prominent schools in the region like LSU, Texas, and Texas A&M.

"Kansas State is still in it because I'm wide open," McDowell explained. "I don't have any favorites yet. A couple of schools stand out to me but that's because I've been able to visit them. I'm looking to go to a school with a good D-line coach I can improve under and get to play soon after I get there."

McDowell just attended a camp in Houston at Westfield High School where he received strong consideration for MVP honors which were bestowed on Plaquemines' Davon Godchaux. He's coached at Covington by Malter Scobel who also serves as the team's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The Lions finished 6-4 in 2012 falling in the first round of the playoffs to Mandeville.

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