When a recruit commits to a certain school and a coaching change ensues, it sometimes causes the player re-open their recruiting process. That is not going to be the case for 2013 TE Darren Dowdell who committed to Kentucky in September. Dowdell remains firm in his commitment to the Cats and is excited about the new coaching staff. I recently spoke with Dowdell about Kentucky’s new head coach, the prospects of playing in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense and what current Kentucky players he keeps in contact with the most.
Are you still committed to Kentucky?
-Yes, sir. I’m still committed.
Have you gotten a chance to speak with Coach Stoops?
-Yeah, he called me Monday or Tuesday night. He let me know he was amazed by my film and that he was very excited to have me as one of his commits. He and his OC plan to come down to my school sometime this week to get to know me a little better.
What were your first impressions of Coach Stoops?
-He seems like he’s a nice guy. I’ve talked to Bud (Dupree) about him and he’s said Stoops was pretty cool.
I know you played both sides of the ball. Tight end as well as defensive end. Has Stoops said anything to you as far as where’d you be playing?
-He’s only talked to me about tight end. We haven’t had any talk about the other side of the ball.
Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator Neal Brown is one of best offensive minds in the country. What was your reaction when you heard that he would be the coordinator?
-I was real excited. I heard he likes to throw the ball around a lot and that’ll get me a lot of looks and help me develop as a player as well.
You already mentioned Bud Dupree as one of the guys that influenced you to come to UK. Is there any other guys you keep in contact with?
-Whitlow, the quarterback. He inspired me a lot (to come to Kentucky) and I’d like to have him as my quarterback. And (Collins) Ukwu, who just finished his last season, his brother plays with me at my high school, so I got to know him pretty well. Marcus Caffey as well. He graduated from Grady in 2010.
Dowdell and Kentucky are still very much in each other’s plans… and for good reason. Kentucky’s offense is about to get a lot more vertical and Dowdell should be able to thrive in it. Check out Dowdell’s tape below, He’s a beast!