Michigan invited wide receiver David Dowell (Lakewood, Oh.), and his brother running back Andrew, to its June 16 football camp.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior is excited to impress the Michigan coaching staff and to hopefully earn a scholarship offer.
"I expect a lot of talent to be there," Dowell said. "I need to show out and show how I can compete with the other guys who are going to be there. My team has been working in the weight room this spring, and me and Andrew have done some things on the side to get ahead of our competion."
The Saint Edward four-star product attends the same high school current Michigan offensive lineman Kyle Kalis graduated from. Dowell said he has not approached Kalis about the ins and outs of Michigan, but he will in the future, if Michigan offers him.
"Kyle’s doing well there," Dowell noted. "I just want to ask him about the behind-the-scenes stuff, like the stuff that fans and recruits can’t see until you’re at Michigan and working at the university. I want to know how things are like when it gets real at the school."
Although Dowell does not hold any offers, he has interest from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He has not let the lack of offers discourage him and said most schools want to see more from him.
"A lot of schools, when they come to visit our school, tell me they like my film, and then they’ll invite me to their camp," Dowell said. "And, based on how I do at that camp, they say they’ll go from there as far as an offer goes."
Dowell noted that Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has visited his school twice.
"The only coach from Michigan we’ve met is Mattison, and I left with a good impression of him," Dowell added. "He’s a really nice guy and seems like a good coach. We look forward to working with him when we get up to Michigan."
Michigan added wide receivers Drake Harris and Maurice Ways to its 2014 recruiting class earlier this year, and Dowell welcomes the idea of playing alongside two elite receivers like Harris and Ways.
"It’d be pretty cool to play behind them," Dowell said. "I got to work with them at the Chicago Nike Football Training Camp on May 5. They’re both really cool football players, and it’d be great to work with them down the road."
Dowell said him and his brother are not a packaged deal when it comes to which school the two will attend. However, his decision will weight how difficult it is for his parents to travel to his games. He does not have any favorite schools, but he did grow up a fan of Ohio State.
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