"We came down on Friday and spent the night and had the chance to see the campus and all of that," Griffin McDowell said. "It's a nice town and it's a really nice school. We had the chance to see all of the facilities. I really like it over there."
While the scholarship offer from Mississippi State is a new development, the Bulldogs have been in touch with McDowell for a few months now. In fact, the Bulldogs have had the chance to see the talented big man in person multiple times in recent weeks.
"Coach (D.J.) Looney came to see me practice during the spring," McDowell said. "He started staying in touch with me and then they saw me at the camp at Mercer. They started talking to me about coming to their camp, so I decided to go work out over there."
In the first of two Saturday camp sessions, McDowell went through the practice paces with Bulldog offensive line boss John Hevesy. It appears that the two have found a sense of mutual admiration.
"I like Coach Hevesy. He wants you to work hard and that's what I want," McDowell said. "He showed us some drills that really helped and some things that are going to help me be a better player. He's a good coach."
Before making the drive home, McDowell had the chance to sit down with Coach Dan Mullen and discuss the possibilities of a future in Maroon and White. The long time head coach let McDowell know that he had a home in Starkville should he elect to be a part of the Bulldog program.
"Mississippi State is a great program and a great school," McDowell said. "I am really excited about it and Mississippi State is the first offer that I have really thought hard about committing. I like all of the people over there and it's in the SEC. They talked some about me playing center, but they said that they could use me at a couple of spots.
"I could get used to snapping if they wanted me to play center. I've snapped before and I could get used to that."
McDowell holds offers from Georgia State, Kansas, Marshall, Mercer, Mississippi State, South Alabama and Troy among others. The new option from the Bulldogs appears to have shaken things up, but a firm timeline for a decision has not been established.
"I am just going to take my time and go through the process," McDowell said. "I am not sure when I am going to make a decision. I want to take some time and talk about everything with my family."
As a high school junior, McDowell helped pave the way for Lee County's 8-3 record last fall. The Trojans advanced to the second round of the Georgia 6A state playoffs. The program will look to build on those successes in 2017.