Trip Report: Vonzell McDowell

Washington is in need of an infusion of talent and depth at the cornerback position and one of their top targets this past summer was Rainier Beach CB Vonzell McDowell. He committed early to the Dawgs and he took his official visit to Montlake this weekend and talked with exclusively about his conversations with the Husky coaching staff.

"It was a great visit," McDowell said on Sunday afternoon. "My host was Roy Lewis. I'd met him a few times from going up there to watch practices and we had met a couple of times.

"It was real cool up there. I'd been there a few times, but I saw some things I'd never seen at Washington before and they fed us like every other hour. We ate a lot."

One eatery that stuck out to McDowell was the ever-popular Space Needle.

"I'd been up there sight-seeing before, but never to eat," McDowell said. "It's such a great view of the city and we all really enjoyed ourselves a lot."

McDowell said he spoke with Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham and the man who will be his position coach for the Huskies – J.D. Williams.

"I talked to both of them a lot," McDowell said. "We talked about what I needed to do to be ready to come in and challenge for playing time. I'm going to start out as a corner for them and they also want to use me on special teams as a punt returner or kick returner."

Lewis also chimed in with his thoughts.

"He told me to get into my playbook because things are going to be coming fast for me," McDowell said. "He told me they do way more hitting in practice and that the game is a lot faster so that will be an adjustment for me. He just said to work hard and show what I can do."

McDowell will finish up at Rainier Beach this June and has a 3.2 GPA and has already achieved a qualifying test score. He's running the 200 and 100 in track this spring and he made no bones about what his goals are.

"My goal is to make it to state," McDowell said raising his voice. "I don't want to jinx myself and say what my goals are for times and stuff. I just want to make it to state individually in my events and help out team make it as well."

McDowell claims a 10.8 in the 100 as his personal best, but said he plans to beat that this spring.

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