"After I got the offer from Mississippi State, I went to some other camps and colleges," Griffin McDowell. "After I got done with all of that, I got home and talked about everything with my family. I just felt like Mississippi State was best for my future and my family felt the same way."
McDowell and his family spent some time in Starkville earlier this month as the 6-4, 270 pounder became more familiar with the lay of the Bulldog land.
"I really like the town and the campus," McDowell explained. "I am from sort of a rural area, so I really liked it there. It felt a lot like home. I am not used to those big cities, so this was just a good fit for me. I love all of the coaches and how they coach. I like how they've talked about the future and about how they're going to coach me."
With his decision made and his family agreed, McDowell made the phone call that he expects to change his life forever.
"I called Coach (John) Hevesy first and he was really excited," McDowell said. "After I talked with him, I called Coach (D.J.) Looney, he's the one that recruits my area. He told me that he was excited about me being a Bulldog. I haven't had a chance to talk with Coach Mullen. Coach Hevesy told me that Coach Mullen was with family right now and that we're going to set up a time to talk. I texted him earlier to let him know that I was committing."
In the end, McDowell simply feels that the Bulldogs are the best fit for him academically, athletically and socially.
"It's not just about football with me, but that's part of it," McDowell explained. "I wanted to go to the place that was best for my future and where I could get a great education. That was one of the most important things to my family. We all feel that this is the best thing for me and my future. I just feel at home there.
"I am planning on majoring in some sort of business or advertising. I want to start my own business someday and Coach Mullen told me that they have a great business school there."
McDowell chose the Bulldogs over nearly a dozen other programs including Indiana, Kansas, Marshall and South Alabama among others. The Peach state standout reports that one of the main reasons he chose Mississippi State was the chance to play for Hevesy.
"I just like how he coaches," McDowell said of the Bulldogs' offensive line coach. "I feel like that I am going to enjoy playing for him and I'll play whatever he wants me to play. If that's center, guard or tackle, it doesn't matter to me. I just want to do my job and help the team anyway I can."
The talented big man reports that his commitment is solid and that he plans to make a return trip to Mississippi State next month when the Bulldogs host their annual Big Dawg camp. McDowell is the second offensive line prospect to pledge his collegiate allegiance to Mullen and his staff for the 2018 signing class.