Nittany Lions Impress Four-Star Back

Andrew Dowell was a relative unknown commodity entering this season's play, but the Lakewood St. Edward junior has certainly impressed on the field. The four-star tailback visited Penn State last Saturday.

Penn State's four-overtime win over Michigan not only entertained fans throughout the country last Saturday, but also impressed several of their visiting recruits.

Lakewood St. Edward junior tailback Andrew Dowell is a four-star prospect in Ohio, and he was among those in attendance along with his twin brother, David Dowell.

Both players are among the top overall prospects in the Midwest for 2015, and Andrew (6-foot-1, 200-pounds) currently holds BCS offers from Illinois and West Virginia.

"Being at Penn State was really great for me and my brother, and we loved everything about it," Andrew Dowell stated. "We got to talk to the coaches before the game, which was great. The atmosphere was amazing, and I have to say it was the best game I've ever been to."

"Coach (Anthony) Midget is recruiting me and he's a good guy," he added. "He told us they are going to be recruiting David and I very hard, and he wants me to give him a call every week to build that relationship. They said they really like my film, and they will be out to see us play in person in a few weeks."

"When they got more scholarships back from the NCAA it caused them to go back and take another look at the 2014 prospects, but they are still recruiting guys for 2015," he continued. "Penn State is a school I will consider highly going forward and I loved the offense they run. I would love to have that offer."

Although he played sparingly last year as a sophomore, Dowell has impressed this season and is one of the top 2015 prospects in Ohio. He recently landed the two BCS offers.

"I don't know a lot about either Illinois or West Virginia, but I'm thrilled to have both offers," Dowell admitted. "Illinois was my first Big Ten offer, so that means a lot to me. I can definitely see myself playing in that program, and I want to visit there at some point."

"West Virginia is my most recent offer and I just got it the other day," he said. "It means a lot because that is a big-time football program to me. I've spoken to Coach (Ron) Crook and we are starting to develop a relationship. I want to visit both schools and see the campus, but we play nearly every Saturday so that's tough."

The Dowell twins are hoping to be able to play college football together, but they are prepared to go their separate ways if necessary.

"We talk about it a lot, especially since we are both getting offers from different schools," Andrew Dowell stressed. "We want to play at the same school, but we know we might have to go our separate ways. We both want to go to the school that fits each one of us best."

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