Four-star DL McDowell picks Ole Miss, shows LSU is making quiet moves


Garrald McDowell was thought to be an LSU lock for quite awhile, so either Ole Miss did a remarkable job of recruiting in recent weeks, or LSU’s class is filling up behind closed doors–or it could be a little bit of both.

McDowell, a four-star defensive lineman out of Covington (La.), Tweeted out his decision Friday. Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma were just some of the other schools chasing the talented 6-foot-1, 250-pound D-lineman.

“I’m officially committed to The University of Mississippi! McDowell Tweeted.

McDowell’s decision may be an indication of where LSU stands with its class. The Tigers are inching closer to Jan. 2, when several heavy-duty LSU targets will announce their school intentions on live television at the Under Armour Game. Defensive lineman Gerald Willis is one of those players who is expected to choose in-state LSU, while Davon Godchaux and Deondre Clark are ends who are already on board with the Tigers. Could the Tigers be running out of space, and didn’t need McDowell, or was coach Hugh Freeze and his staff that charming?

Again, I’d say a little bit of both.

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings referred to by Saturday Down South are based on the composite ranking, which averages all services.


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  • Ole Miss also beat out Bama again for the top safety in Mississippi. Everyone thought CJ Hampton was going to Bama just like last year when Bama was going after Tony Conner really hard. But they both ended up staying with Ole Miss.