McDowell checks out Chapel Hill

There was more than one member of the Hope Mills (N.C.) South View High School football team in Chapel Hill this past weekend. Jonathan Hannah's teammate and Tar Heel target Ellis McDowell made the trip to the UNC campus Saturday to witness the Louisville game and also speak to the UNC coaches.

"I decided to visit Chapel Hill, because I really like Chapel Hill," stated McDowell. "Certain things about the Tar Heels interest me. The coaching staff, players and everything - everyone seems pretty nice and that's pretty important when it comes to colleges."

McDowell didn't share the same opinion of his overall experience with Hannah, who was disappointed with the crowd's enthusiasm.

"The atmosphere is great," explained McDowell. "I love going to Chapel Hill. It's a real nice stadium and the fans seem pretty dedicated to the players and everything. They really do take care of their players. I just love seeing the Carolina Blue and White."

Before and after the game, McDowell, who is currently awaiting his first scholarship offer, had the opportunity to speak to members of the Tar Heels' coaching staff to check on the status of a possible scholarship offer.

"I talked to Coach Hunter, Coach Bunting, and Coach Sanders for a little bit," remarked McDowell. "They told me that they were going to continue to recruit me and keep a strong eye out for me and stuff. I get a lot of mail from North Carolina, so hopefully I can get an offer from them."

McDowell, who is also being recruited by Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia, currently favors Clemson, but admits the first school to offer him would receive a boost.

"Things would probably change once I get my first offer," said McDowell, who has also attended games at Clemson, and Virginia Tech.

Although being recruited to play strong safety, McDowell, at 5-11 and 180 pounds, mans the linebacker position for South View High School, where he is a tackling machine. Currently he leads the Tigers with 62 tackles almost doubling the second place finisher who has 36 stops.

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