June 8th, 2013 09:32pm

Gators take lead for Louisiana lineman


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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  1. June 8th, 2013 10:56 pm

    Glad he enjoyed his visit. Hope to see him in Orange and Blue in the near future.
    Go Gators!

    by MJMGator

  2. June 8th, 2013 11:07 pm

    Sounds like a guy taking seriously his recruitment, is bright and articulate, and, hopefully, this time next year a genuine Florida Gator and UF freshman. Welcome to the best SEC member school, a great football program on the rise, and to an education that can become a foundation for the rest of your life, Garrald!

    by Gatormac

  3. June 9th, 2013 9:50 am

    I really like this dudes size! Plus UF really needs a defensive tackle, but most importantly UF needs a guy with character! He could be that!

    by Gary Poe

  4. June 9th, 2013 9:56 am

    Muschamp will put together another top 5 class before it’s over.

    by GIGator

  5. June 9th, 2013 11:59 am

    If LSU Offers and He Stays, I’ll Be Shocked.Miles Nevers Lets A In State Prospect Leave.

    by joe

  6. June 9th, 2013 1:53 pm

    Go Gators!

    by Gator Todd

  7. June 9th, 2013 3:38 pm

    that’s what she said

    by Real gator

  8. June 10th, 2013 8:56 am

    C’mon Joe. Just because dude lives here in Louisiana doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s automatically going to sighn with ls-who. Kids may want to get away from home to experience college. Court Jester Lester can’t get ‘em all & contrary to popular belief all of them don’t want to go there. He sounds like the exact type of guy Big Willie needs to shore up the D-line. I was in a restaurant here yesterday & there was a couple wearing Gator gear & he was being chided somewhat by the idiot ls-who fan. It’s like anyone who isn’t wearing the home colors is an outcast, especially if those colors are orange & blue or crimson & white. I assured my Gator brethren that it was cool. All you gotta say is 14-6 & they shut up. Go Gators!!!

    by (BRGF) Baton Rouge Gator Fan

  9. June 10th, 2013 9:43 am

    Even at 285 he may be a little undersized for the SEC unless he moves to DE.

    by ga gator

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