The brothers, bound by years of competition, want to play with each other at the next level.
Still, as the calendar flipped to March, only David had received an offer from NU.
But the Wildcats wanted in, and on Monday they offered Andrew, a four-star Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward running back.
Offensive line coach Adam Cushing, his area recruiter, told Andrew Dowell he had good news. Even for a four-star prospect with top offers and interests, this one was important.
"I gave [Cushing] a call and he gave the offer," Dowell told PurpleWildcats.com. "I was glad for the opportunity."
Like many other prospects, he still mentions strong football as incentive to attend Northwestern. Despite the slow season last year, players are quick to view that as an anomaly.
"It's just the great combination of academics and athletics," Dowell said. "It's an opportunity to play at a big time D-I school."
Dowell can also listen to another pitch. The Wildcats' running backs have improved in recent years, with Venric Mark racing for 1,366 yards in 2012. They landed four-star running back Justin Jackson last year, as well as key prospects Solomon Vault and Auston Anderson.
Running backs coach Matt MacPherson has been recognized as an excellent area recruiter, too. NU enjoys building a "stable" of running backs, especially after injuries crushed the team last season. A strong rapport with MacPherson could help Dowell lean towards Northwestern.
"I want to have a great relationship with the position coach," Dowell said. "I'll possibly ask other players how they feel about Coach MacPherson."
Of course, though, it's a joint decision between him and David. Still early in the process—with some schools likely to throw in offers soon—it would be premature to list their possible choices.
But after two visits, David and Andrew are buying into the culture.
"We like it up there," Andrew said. "We're trying to get there for another visit. Now, David and I both have the opportunity to attend."
The Dowells, meanwhile, reflect some of the other opinions. Rather than viewing each other as rivals, they know they'll be able to keep each other in line.
"We want to push each other," Andrew said. "You know there's another guy on the field who will give 100 percent."