Cali OT talks WSU visit, future plans

SEAN DOWLING would seem a perfect fit for Mike Leach's Air Raid offense featuring wide splits on the offensive line. The three-star offensive tackle prospect has very good feet, excels in pass blocking and is a very athletic 6-6, 265-pounds with room to pack on the bulk. And he officially visited Pullman this week. But...

...but there's a snag for Cougar fans hoping he'll land in Pullman. The Fallbrook, Calif. product remains very high on nearby UCLA, the school he verbally committed to back in the spring.

"I really liked Pullman," said Sean Dowling. "It was a great place. I liked coaches and liked all the players too…. I'm still committed (to UCLA) and Washington State is a great place, and it could be a great place for me. But I won't make any judgments without taking my visits."

DOWLING SAID POST-VISIT the offensive line protections and schemes in Mike Leach's system were more NFL-friendly than he originally thought.

"All the offensive linemen, they pass protect, it is different but they do it in the NFL a lot also…the Philadelphia Eagles do a lot of the same protections for example," said Dowling.

Dowling said he talked most to WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire.

"The whole visit was definitely good," said Dowling. "I got to spend a lot of time with Coach McGuire, just about life in general and what's happening with the program.. the offense that coach Leach has been using for the past 20 years, it's definitely going to work there.

"There were opportunities where they didn't make it (in the end zone against Cal), they were in the red zone seven times…Coach Leach and I talked for a good 30-35 minutes in his office and that was good too."

DOWLING WAS HOSTED by Elliott Bosch, the former walk-on center.

"He's a success story.… all the players believe in what Coach Leach is doing – it's not if, but when, for them," said Dowling.

Dowling heads to Oklahoma this weekend. He doesn't have any other visits scheduled at this time.
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