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Thursday, June 20, 2013
ESPN 300 ATH Downs still taking it slow

By Erik McKinney

It was a busy spring for Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace), as the ESPN 300 athlete was on the road for a number of visits. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back and linebacker has now seen Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington.

The visits to the Golden Bears and Cardinal came during his trip to the Oakland Nike Camp in May, while the other three came earlier in the spring. He'll be back at Oregon State this weekend, as he is competing in the Beavers' camp.

Devante Downs
RB/LB Devante Downs is ranked No. 203 in the ESPN 300 and is the No. 2 prospect in the state of Washington.
"The visits helped a lot because I'm not just going off what I hear about those schools," Downs said. "I got to experience the campus and it gives each school it's own place in my mind."

Downs said he likely won't take any more trips this offseason, as he wants to get back to working with his trainer three times a week in preparation for his senior season.

As for the recruiting process, Downs continues to take things slowly. He said he hasn't begun to form a list of his top schools.

"I don't think all the schools are in yet, so I want to wait until they are all in so I can have all my options," Downs said.

He added that BYU, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC are four schools that visited this spring that have yet to extend offers. He said he still isn't sure if those four will offer, but he continues to be in contact with all of them. One schools that continues to show interest and has offered is Vanderbilt, which will likely receive an official visits from Downs this fall.

"I won't be able to take an unofficial visit there, so I might take an official," he said. "It has great academics, it's in the SEC and a top-25 program."

As for a position going forward, Downs said it's become even more muddled. What started out as a 70-30 split favoring running back has now shifted more toward 50-50, though Downs said he open to playing running back or linebacker at the next level.