Dowtin Checks Out Practice, Adds Offer

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Fork Union Military Academy star Marcus Dowtin made his first ever trip to a college football program’s spring practice yesterday. The 6-2, 205-pound prospect visited UVa, a program that recently came in with a scholarship offer.

“The UVA practice was my first college practice experience so it was very new to me,” said Dowtin, who is being recruited by UVa as a safety. “I liked the upbeat tempo and the coaching staff was okay.”

The offer from Virginia brings Dowtin’s total number of written scholarships to eight, but more could be on the way soon.

“At this point in time, I have offers from Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Virginia, West Virginia and verbal offers from Rutgers and Cincinnati,” Dowtin said.

Are any of these schools considered favorites?

“Right now, at this moment, I do not have any favorite schools out of my offers,” Dowtin said. “All of them are equal. Once I receive all my choices from now through the summer I will begin to evaluate the best fit for me. I will be patient in my evaluation because I don’t want to make any mistakes.

“I will wait until the middle or the end of my season to hopefully make my decision.”

As a junior last season, Dowtin played running back and linebacker. On offense, he rushed for 1,132 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to earning VISAA Division 1 first-team all-state honors. He tallied 92 tackles including one sack on defense.

Dowtin has a slight position preference for the next level.

“For college I would like to play either running back or linebacker,” Dowtin said. “Safety could be an option, but right now I’m looking at my current positions. I believe I can do a lot at both positions. My senior season will determine which position I would like to play. I am going give a 110-percent on both sides of the ball next season, so my decision will be based on that.”

Dowtin is certainly pleased with his offer list thus far, but he is also anxious to create some more exposure for himself in the late spring/summer.

“I plan on attending as many camps this summer as possible including Nike camps or combines due to the school I attend. I haven’t had the opportunity to get as much exposure as some other top athletes I know. With the opportunity