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Juwan Dowels flips from Northern Illinois to Syracuse


The Syracuse Orange got a commitment from three-star safety Juwan Dowels on Monday.

Dowels committed to the North Illinois Huskies back in July and stayed committed throughout much of the process despite picking up offers from the Oklahoma Sooners and Clemson Tigers in December.

Most analysts believed Dowels would not attend Northern Illinois, believing he would eventually sign with Oklahoma, not Syracuse.

Nate Mink of Syracuse.com has the scoop.

Dowels was once set on attending Northern Illinois before decommitting about two weeks ago. A first-team all-state selection last season, he started getting recruited by offensive coordinator George McDonald last spring.

Dowels originally scheduled an official visit to Oklahoma this past weekend but then canceled in favor of the Orange. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder also held offers from Rutgers, Clemson and Texas A&M, among others.

The 5’9, 170-pound Dowels attends American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but didn’t receive much interest from the in-state powers throughout the process.

Dowels is considered the 90th best cornerback in the class of 2014, the 175th best player in Florida and the 1,227th best overall player according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

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