Locust Brown (GA) safety Cortez McDowell was one of the latest offers to come out of the Peach State and it was no shocker after an impressive junior season. Compiled eight receiving and five rushing touchdowns on offense, McDowell had 60 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, force fumble and 10 pass deflections on defense.
"I was in school just chilling in class and my coach got me out of class," McDowell told Badger Nation. "He took me to go talk to Coach Aranda and we were probably in there for a quick second. He said they want to offer me and give me a scholarship to Wisconsin. I am just thankful to receive an offer from them.
"It was big to get that offer because I watch Wisconsin on TV all the time and I know that if you are going to be a player up there, then you are going to be loved. I also know that it is the one number college town in America, so I know you will have a lot of support if you become a Badger.
"It is rich in tradition and I know they have been in the Rose Bowl the last three years. They have a great fan base and I know watching them play basketball they got some crazy fans. In football I know they get after it, so I like that can get after it on every down of every game."
The versatile 6-1, 200-pound McDowell is the No. 27 safety in the nation and a four-star recruit by Fox Sports Next. That early high ranking is a good indication his recruitment is going well, as Wisconsin is one of 23 offers McDowell has received. While he is hearing from many coaches at all times, McDowell feels he has a very good connection with Wisconsin's defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
"Coach Aranda is a player's coach," said McDowell. "I could tell right off the bat. That means he is a great coach and he knows what his players are going through day in and day out. If you ever need someone to talk to, then you can talk to Coach Aranda. He is not only a coach, but he is like one of your mentors. He can help you in many ways, so that is why I really like him."
With his school year about to come to a close, McDowell would like to hit the road and trim down his long list of suitors.
"I plan on cutting it down by the end of this summer and the coaches, place, education, environment will probably be the top things I look for when I go visit," he said. "The relationships I build with the coaches will also be another factor. I know I want to visit a couple schools in June and a couple in July. I am making my trip up to Wisconsin like the last weekend in June."