Whether it was Steve Sarkisian, Tosh Lupoi, Marques Tuiasosopo or Johnny Nansen, the Huskies took to the time to show the 6-foot-2, 240-pound running back where he would fit in the program’s 2014 recruiting class during Washington’s junior day last weekend.
“They really want me there,” Downs said. “It’s pretty cool to know they want me. When they can recruit nationally and they want a kid down the street, that’s pretty cool.”
Downs, who also has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Utah and Colorado State, got his first chance to check out the ongoing construction at Husky Stadium during the event.
“It was really nice,” he said. “When you imagine yourself playing college football, the surrounding environment of the seats and the stadium just looked cool.”
While Downs enjoyed the experience, he said he doesn’t have a favorite school at the moment. He said UCLA, Stanford and Clemson have shown interest recently, and he hopes to hear more from USC before narrowing his list.
Recruited as a running back, Downs is also a talented linebacker. He said he would prefer to play running back at the next level, but “if there’s a greater opportunity for me to play linebacker, then I’m going to do that.”
Downs still has plenty of time before he makes any decisions, but Washington’s coaching staff has provided a positive impression so far.
“I really liked them a lot,” he said. “They’re a really nice coaching staff. It’s kind of like a family feel, I guess.”