McDowell recorded 85 tackles and 10.5 sacks during his junior season. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Covington (La.) Garrald McDowell visited Florida for the first time Saturday to take part in the Will Muschamp Football Camp.

The ESPN150 member and Under Armour All-American worked out with UF defensive line coach Brad Lawing and also took a tour of the campus.

“My best visit by far,” McDowell said of the trip. “It was a great experience checking out the sites and meeting the coaching staff, especially coach Lawing. He told me I have good fundamentals and I’m a coachable player. He really loved me.”

The 6-foot-2, 253-pounder said Lawing believes he can be a disruptive interior lineman and weigh up to 285 in college.

McDowell was offered by the Gators on April 11 and tight ends coach Derek Lewis stopped by his school during the evaluation period. Florida’s recruiting efforts have yielded results.

“They’re my leader,” he said. “I love everything about the school. They have good coaches and they put a lot of players in the NFL. And I’m a Florida fan. I liked Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes and the Pouncey brothers growing up.”

McDowell listed Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Oklahoma as his other favorites and hopes to visit all four schools before making his decision at the end of the summer.

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