As a sophomore, he played both ways, but says he likes defense more and after his 69 tackles and 10.5 sacks and his performance on Sunday, he can that position at a high level.
"I think there was a lot of competition," he said of the camp. "There are a lot of good players out there."
Loyola made a deep playoff run, but that was not enough for McDowell, who was disappointed in the way their season ended.
"I think we could have done a lot better. We should have won it all. I think I did pretty good. I started both ways. My freshman season, it was good, but my sophomore season was way better."
Last year, McDowell camped at Toledo and plans to do more this summer.
Those schools along with UCLA and Alabama have sent mail or contacted McDowell's coach. Both parties are likely to have many more callers soon as Malik is poised to become a nationally recruited player.
Even though his recruitment is likely to have a national feel, he says the school he liked growing up is right nearby.