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Recruit Update: OC Earl Ross Downs, Bastrop High School

Earl Ross Downs
Earl Ross Downs

by Jacob Dileo

January 7, 2011 – Offensive Center Earl Ross Downs from Bastrop High School is being recruited by schools all over the country.  He has written offers from Nicholls State which he will be visiting on January 14th, and Towson University in Maryland where he’ll be visiting the following weekend.  Downs also has verbal offers from Jacksonville State and Arkansas at Monticello. A number of other schools have also showed some interest but haven’t offered, namely Arkansas State, ULL, Northwestern University who wants him to walk on, Stanford, Northwestern State, Central Arkansas, Tulsa and Memphis. Downs is 6-3, 295 pounds and in the weight room he benches 315, squats 460, and cleans 280. I asked Downs what his biggest strength is and he said,”I understand the whole game.” He definitely proves that by the fact that he makes all the line calls for Bastrop’s offense.  Bastrop Head Coach Brad Bradshaw said that Downs is the “smartest kid he’s ever coached” meaning that he is not only smart in the classroom where he carries an outstanding 3.88 GPA and a 28 ACT, but he’s also extremely football smart and really knows whats going on. Downs’ other big time strength is that he’s super quick getting rid of the ball in an offense that is in the shotgun for the majority of the game.  He is extremely athletic and makes the block at the first level as well as the second level, and this past season he had 78 pancake blocks.  Downs won several awards including All Northeastern Louisiana for Big Schools for Offensive Line and First Team All District, and he was invited to play in the Louisiana VS. Mississippi Who’s the Man All Star Game.  Last season EPSN had him ranked at number 34 and he has gotten a lot better since then.  Downs really plays with an attitude and is mean, tough and won’t hesitate to get in anyone’s face.  Our owner Lee Brecheen said,”Downs’ technique is really advanced for a lineman.  He started out his high school career at Ouachita Christian and has really developed into a sleeper D1 prospect.”

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