Michigan fans have become familiar with the southeastern part of Florida over the past two years. The Wolverines were able to harvest two talented players from Deerfield Beach in quarterback Denard Robinson and defensive back Adrian Witty. The Maize & Blue is back in that same town hoping for similar success in 2010. Now they are looking to add Deerfield Beach Buck RB Cassius McDowell to the fold.
"The recruiting process is going great," McDowell said. "I really haven't gotten a chance to talk to many schools or do visits."
McDowell hasn't paid a great deal attention to recruiting to date. As a result, there are a few of his suitors that he is actively learning about. Michigan can certainly be counted in that group. Despite that lack of familiarity, he acknowledges that the Wolverines may have some built in advantages.
"I'll look at (Michigan) because my former teammates are going there," he said. "They say it's a good place to be. So far I really don't know anything about Michigan, but I've been watching them on TV and stuff. The offense they run is going to be good."
Robinson and Witty are doing their part in selling their new school to their former teammate, and they will do so for as long as they can. So far McDowell has been listening, but is also maintaining an open mind at the same time.
"They told me (Michigan) is a great place to be and it's fun," he recalled. "I'm looking at them but I really don't know what I want to do yet. But I'm looking at (Michigan), hard. All the coaches and comments and stuff… They said "(the recruiting process) is going to be hard, but just do the best you can.' I said ‘okay.'"
In the meantime, McDowell is focused on getting ready for his final high school season and the start of outdoor track. He teamed with Robinson last year on one of the top 4x100 relay units in the state. One of the more memorable races featured Robinson chasing Patrick Peterson down from behind to win said relay. According to McDowell, he too burned up the track that day.
"I'm just a top kid -- I can see stuff before it happens," he said, laughing. I was the second leg in that relay. The fastest two people get on second and last leg."