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Center Griffin McDowell Flips From Mississippi State To Florida

A pylon at the CFP National Championship game.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Griffin McDowell is following Dan Mullen to the Florida Gators.

Griffin McDowell is a three-star center out of Leesburg, Georgia. He currently stars for Lee County High School.

McDowell is the No. 1464 player in the country, per 247Sports. He is also the No. 22 center.

The site ranks him as the No. 142 player in Georgia. He'll be heading one state South for his college football career.

Back in June, McDowell committed to Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. He was still considering the Bulldogs after the coaching change.

He took a visit to Starkville earlier this month. However, about a week later, Florida came through with a scholarship offer.

He took an official visit on January 26 to check out Mullen's new program. It didn't take long for him to make the flip.

McDowell announced it today. Via his Twitter account:

He spoke to 247Sports about the big decision. In the interview, he cites the relationship with the coaching staff, and specifically offensive line coach John Hevesy, as a reason for the flip.

"I’ve decided to commit to Florida," McDowell told 247Sports. "I felt a lot more comfortable there and it’s closer to home. I just had a better connection with the coaches.”

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"Our relationship goes back a few months," McDowell said. "The tie I have with Coach Hevesy is real tight. He sees me being a center there."

McDowell becomes the 16th member of Mullen's first class as head coach at Florida. 247 ranks the class No. 16 overall, and fifth in the SEC.