Ras-I Dowling an Emerging Prospect

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Despite missing several games due to a knee injury, Deep Creek (Chesapeake, VA) standout Ras-I Dowling continues to draw the serious interest of Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. The 6-2, 185-pound Dowling, who plays basketball as well as football, is an outstanding athlete who could play receiver or defensive back on the next level.

“My speed,” Dowling replied when asked what his primary strength is on the gridiron. Dowling noted a 4.4 flat time at Virginia Tech’s summer camp this year as his best in the 40-yard dash. He can really jump, too, as he claims a 38-inch vertical leap.

Dowling’s senior season has not gone as planned on an individual basis, as he has missed some of the season with a knee injury. At 7-2, however, David Cox’s bunch is doing just fine heading into tomorrow night’s match-up with Western Branch.

“Our team is having a good season,” Dowling said. “I’m just getting started. I injured my knee early in the season and have been out. I’m back now and I’m 100-percent.”

Dowling talked about his recruitment to this point.

“Virginia Tech and Virginia,” Dowling replied when asked which programs have shown the most interest. He claims verbal offers from both, but has not received anything in writing just yet. “I want to visit both schools in December. I’m still working on that.”

The Deep Creek star claims no favorites between the two in-state schools right now.

“I like them about the same,” Dowling said.

Dowling had made several unofficial visits this year, including to an East Carolina game, the UVa/Duke game in Charlottesville and, most recently, the Virginia Tech/Miami game. He called the Virginia experience “good’ and had the following to say about the recent experience in Blacksburg.

“It was loud,” Dowling said with a laugh.

Stay tuned as we continue to track Ras-I’s recruitment. He is truly an outstanding athlete and stood out in this year’s Chesapeake combine.

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