Florida flips three-star offensive lineman from Mississippi State

By Adam Silverstein
January 30, 2018
Florida flips three-star offensive lineman from Mississippi State
Football

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First, the Florida Gators came for the coaches. On Wednesday, three-star offensive lineman Griffin McDowell (Leesburg, GA) flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Florida, becoming the first Bulldogs’ pledge to move over to the Gators’ Class of 2018.

“Happy to announce that I am committed to the University of Florida. Go Gators #allbite18,” McDowell tweeted on Wednesday, five days after formally receiving a scholarship offer from UF.

McDowell (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is neither highly rated nor possesses an impressive offer sheet, but Florida’s coaches are seemingly impressed with his ability with offensive line coach John Hevesy staying after him following his move from Mississippi State.

The prospect told 247Sports that he expects to play center for the Gators.

McDowell’s commitment pushes Florida over Florida State to the 16th-ranked group in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite team rankings. The Gators have 16 total commitments, including one that remains unsigned and two recent verbal pledges. Four-star wide receiver Justin Watkins (Clermont, FL), the No. 89 player in the nation, committed to UF on Jan. 20.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    McDowell is probably the kind of talent that Mullen had to specialize in finding while making Miss St competitive in the SEC despite not being one of the glamour destinations.

    GO GATORS!!!

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