Michael Dowell (© Michael Clark/Scout)

Irish target Ohio defensive back

Ohio defensive back Michael Dowell doesn’t keep it a secret that he wants an offer from Notre Dame. But will he get one? Irish Illustrated got the scoop on the four-star safety prospect.

Michael Dowell visited Notre Dame on March 31 alongside defensive end Thomas Booker, tight end George Takacs and wide receiver commit Micah Jones. He left South Bend without an offer but has high hopes to receive one in the future.

“I talked to coach (Mike) Elko a little bit last night,” Dowell said. “He told me that he just wants to break it down a little bit more. He’s going to be back at Notre Dame and he’s going to look it over with some of the other staff and talk about it and I’m supposed to call him at six o’clock tonight.”

The Irish are interested in Dowell, but not at his primary position.

“It seems to be more at safety,” Dowell said. “In my mind, I always envisioned myself getting a chance to play corner in college, but at the same time, I’d be willing to play safety. I think Notre Dame, they’d just let me come in there and they’d see what position suits me the best and they’d let me play there. They’re talking about me as (free safety).”

Regardless, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete holds Notre Dame high on his list.

“Notre Dame is on the top of my board but I don’t have an offer from them,” Dowell said. “If I had a top three right now, it would be Michigan State, Maryland and Pitt.”

Dowell’s twin brothers, Andrew and David Dowell, both play football at Michigan State, which also plays a factor.

“I did see that spring game at Michigan State,” Dowell said. “It was really cool. Both of my brothers were running with the ones right now. That’s just really cool. One plays safety and the other plays linebacker. In high school, one played corner and the other played running back.”

A decision is coming up before his senior season. St. Edwards plays their regular season games on Saturdays, so official visits during the season would be difficult for him to plan. Dowell comes from the same prep program that produced Irish cornerback Shaun Crawford.

“Unless something vast happens, I hope to commit by the end of June,” Dowell said. “The only thing that could move it up is if spots are filling up, then I’d have to consider moving my date up.”

With Dowell being considered at the whip (free safety) position, if he does get an offer from Notre Dame, we may get a clearer idea of where the Irish feel they sit with California free safety prospect, Jevon Holland.

Four-star recruit Holland told Irish Illustrated that he is eyeing a June 13 visit to South Bend.


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