Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first half of the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Football Recruiting: Safety Cortez McDowell Picks Vols

Early Tuesday morning one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia pledged to the Tennessee Volunteers and Head Coach Butch Jones.

2014 Defensive back Cortez McDowell, who had been considered a long-time Tennessee lean, decided to join one of the top classes in the nation and help begin the rebuilding process in Knoxville.

The 6-1, 205 pound defensive back, who ranks as the No. 12 safety in the nation and No. 9 overall player in the state of Georgia, chose the Volunteers over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, and Georgia Bulldogs.

The four-star prospect has all of the makings to be an all-SEC caliber safety at Tennessee due to his ability to use his instincts in tackling and ball skills. With already great size heading into his senior year, McDowell will develop into a larger, hard-hitting safety as he continues to grow as long as he keeps his closing speed, which is also a top asset of the Georgia native.

McDowell’s commitment is No. 20 overall for the Vols and moves their class to No. 2 overall in the 247 Sports class rankings. The Volunteer’s class also ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to Rivals.com

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