16 Offers for Dowtin

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Fork Union Prep standout Marcus Dowtin has quietly become one of the most heavily recruited rising seniors in the Commonwealth. The 6-2, 205-pound RB/DB/LB, who recently demonstrated his outstanding athletic ability at Fork Union’s spring evaluation session, is now up to 16 Division 1A scholarship offers.

“At this time I have 16 offers – California, U-Conn, Clemson, Cincinnati, Michigan, Maryland, Marshall, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa State, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia and West Virginia,” said Dowtin, who turned in a 3.97 time in the 20-yard shuttle and benched 185 pounds 22 times at the evaluation session. “I have just recently picked up South Carolina, Marshall and Illinois [this week].”

Florida, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee are among the other programs that have expressed some interest as well in the talented junior.

This summer, Dowtin currently plans on attending summer camp at Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina. He plans on taking more visits as well in hopes of being able to narrow his list of schools by the beginning of his senior season.

“I will hopefully have all my offers before next season and I will narrow it down to 10,” Dowtin said. “During the season, I will narrow it down to five and start taking my [official] visits.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech are both recruiting Dowtin very hard. Virginia coaches Al Groh, Mike London and Anthony Poindexter visited Fork Union in Evaluation period. Virginia Tech was represented by head coach Frank Beamer and lead recruiter Jim Cavanaugh. Other head coaches, including Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, have tripped to Fork Union.

“Right now, each school is recruiting me equally,” Dowtin replied when asked if any schools are recruiting harder than the others. “I have been visited by a lot of coaches in the past month about the same amount of times.”

Dowtin claims no favorites at this point in his recruitment.

“At the moment, all 16 schools that have offered me are my favorites,” Dowtin said. “Each school is equal right now until I make trips to them and get to converse with the coaches. Then, schools will start