Michigan has already signed two legs of Florida's Class 4A high school state championship winning 4x100-meter relay team, but Deerfield Beach running back Cassius McDowell says they'll have to wait until next year to know if they can make it a third. McDowell's high school teammates on the track and gridiron, safety Adrian Witty and quarterback Denard Robinson, will both be freshmen in Ann Arbor this fall. McDowell was extended an offer to join them in 2010, but said he plans to wait until next year's national signing day to announce his decision.
As should be expected, his former teammates are trying to sway his decision.
"They always be in my ear," said a laughing McDowell. "They're trying to get me and my other teammate Donte (Dotson) up there with them. They're always like ‘y'all need to come up there… all four of us together, man, it'll be good.' "
What it certainly would be is fast. The relay team blew away the competition at the track state finals with a time of 40.64 seconds, and McDowell recently clocked a 4.5 forty. However, he insists he is faster than that.
"At the Nike combine, I ran the 40 like 6 times. My first time, it was a 4.49, second was a 4 flat but they didn't believe it," said McDowell. "The third time I ran a 4.34, but they still didn't believe it, so I had to keep going and the final time I ran a 4.5. My coaches said not to worry about it. It's cool, I don't mind."
At 5-8 170, the speedy McDowell seems undersized for a traditional Big Ten running back, but not necessarily in Rich Rodriguez's offense.
"They (coaches) really didn't say nothing about a position, they just said they want me up there bad," said McDowell, who has communicated mostly with Michigan's linebackers coach Jay Hopson.
Academically, McDowell said he's considering majoring in sports broadcasting.GoBlueWolverine will have more on McDowell in the weeks to come.