Covington defensive lineman Garrald McDowell verbally committed to Ole Miss today.
“It just felt right in my heart to choose Ole Miss,” said McDowell. “I decided like a couple of days ago. My family and I talked about my decision and they agreed with my decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 250 pound McDowell, said his final two choices were Ole Miss and LSU.
“It was a lot of pressure (to stay in state), but I talked to my parents, prayed to God and went where my heart said to go and that was Ole Miss,” he said.
McDowell recorded 128 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and nine sacks, to anchor the Lions’ defense this season. Covingtonreached the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs. He also had six pass break-ups, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
On offense, he lined up at fullback in short yardage situations and rushed 24 times for 94 yards, scoring eight touchdowns.
“Obviously he fits the bill as far as size and athleticism,” said Covington coach Greg Salter. “But they are also getting a kid who is very polished. But more importantly, they are getting a good person. He is a better person than football player. They are getting a gem.”
McDowell lined up mostly at defensive tackle in high school, but says he expects to play defensive end in college.
“He can play either,” Salter said. “I think they may look to add some pounds to him and put him inside and let him continue to use his quickness there. But either way, he will be able to help them where ever they need him. That’s the type of kid he is. He is selfless and will be happy to play wherever they need him.”
McDowell, who will play in the Under Armour All-American Game in Florida on Jan. 2, can make his commitment official on Feb. 5 on National Signing Day.
“My family and I are solid with my decision,” he said.
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