Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reported on the commitment via Twitter:
According to Michael Carvell of AJC.com, 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.
The future of Tennessee football is as bright as can be. The Volunteers now have 20 commitments.