FUMA’s Dowtin up to 7 Offers

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In only his first year in the Fork Union Military Academy prep program, junior Marcus Dowtin had an instant impact on the gridiron on both sides of the ball. At running back, the 6-2, 205-pound prospect rushed for 1,132 yards (averaging about 8 yards per carry) and scored 15 touchdowns. A linebacker on defense, he tallied 92 tackles.

“He had a real good season for us,” Fork Union prep football head coach Mickey Sullivan said. “He was first-team [VISAA Division 1] all-state [at running back]. He was all-Prep league [at running back].

“Marcus is a really good athlete. On offense, he’s mostly a power back – a big, strong kid who is a 4.4 40 kid. He has good speed, but he needs to learn more patience. What jumps out is his ability to play defense.”

With his combination of size and athleticism, Dowtin is a versatile prospect who could play several positions on the defensive side of the ball.

“Different people are looking at him for different things,” Sullivan said. “Mostly with Marcus, though, it is the defensive side of the ball. He is one of those kids that just finds the football. We started him out at strong safety and ended up moving him inside to linebacker because of how well he gets to the ball. His aggressiveness stood out to me. He is a tough kid. He’ll go in there and mix it up.

“On the next level, he is somebody you probably start out at safety and then move to linebacker as his body develops. He has the frame to be 220 or 230 pounds.”

Dowtin has seven scholarship offers – Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Virginia Tech just came in with an offer this week, while UVa is currently evaluating film.

“Coach Cav recruits us and he has been talking about him since last fall,” Sullivan said. “He watched film on him in the fall. He wanted to make sure Marcus was the right fit for them. He told me they are recruiting Marcus as a defensive player.

“[UVa’s] Mike London has got stuff and is evaluating. They are in the same boat Virginia Tech was in, just evaluating to see if Marcus is the right fit.”

Does Dowtin, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who transferred to Fork Union from Georgetown Prep, have any favorite schools?

“He’s just looking at it and seeing what comes,” Sullivan said. “He