Cortez McDowell Commits to Tennessee: Vols Beat Georgia, Auburn for 4-Star S

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJuly 16, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Tennessee is one of the marquee schools on the 2014 recruiting trail, and the Vols' class just got even better with the pickup of 4-star safety Cortez McDowell

Kipp Adams of reported on the commitment via Twitter:

According to Michael Carvell of, McDowell chose Tennessee over Auburn and Georgia. 

McDowell is the No. 12 safety and the No. 16 player from the state of Georgia, both according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Butch Jones and his staff have done a great job recruiting all over the country this cycle—landing recruits from California, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Texas—but outside of Tennessee, they've had the most success in Georgia.

McDowell is Tennessee's third commitment from Georgia, joining 3-star running back Treyvon Paulk and 3-star offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Being the 16th player from any state is an accomplishment, but especially when talking about Georgia. McDowell is obviously a talented recruit. The Peach State is home to many of the nation's top recruits, so it's a good place for the Volunteers to gain a foothold.

With the addition of McDowell, Tennessee is now No. 2 according to the 247Sports team rankings, only behind Alabama. 

What Jones and the Volunteers have been able to do this recruiting cycle is nothing short of amazing. Tennessee went 5-7 in 2012 and fired head coach Derek Dooley. In came Jones with no SEC coaching experience and quite a hole to dig the Volunteers out of, and all he's done so far is light up the recruiting trail.

With Jones closing the deal, Tennessee finished No. 24 in recruiting last cycle (247Sports team rankings), and landed star recruits such as 4-star receiver MarQuez North and 4-star defensive end Jason Carr.

This cycle, 5-star running back Jalen Hurd, 4-star safety Todd Kelly and 4-star outside linebacker Dillon Bates are the marquee commitments, but McDowell will go down as another big pickup as well.

The future of Tennessee football is as bright as can be. The Volunteers now have 20 commitments.

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