Long Days Nothing New for Newest Dawg

Marcus Dowtin knows what it's like to spend long hours trying to get where you want to go.

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After all, that's what he's still doing at Fork Union, a military school in Virginia.

"I am going to into my last year at Fork Union," he said. "My parents wanted me to have a better structure. I could have graduated this year, but I wanted to work on my academics. I was thinking about my long term when I decided to come back. I think it will help me out in the long term, so it was a good thing to me."

Dowtin was also thinking long term when he committed to Georgia on Friday. He became the Bulldogs' 17th commitment, and its second linebacker in the class. Dowtin impressed Georgia's coaches at the Mark Richt Camp in June.

One coach in particular knows exactly what the Bulldogs are getting with Dowtin's Fork Union background.

"Coach Fabris told me that he knew the type of kid that I would be because of Fork Union," Dowtin said.

Fabris should know as he spent his last season before college football (1975) at the military school. He went on to be the starting cornerback at Ole Miss for three seasons.

Dowtin went to the Mark Richt Camp not knowing which position, running back or linebacker, he would participate in at Georgia. He settled on linebacker and felt at home from that point on.

"At Georgia's camp I got to check out the coaches and see what the campus is like. I just felt really comfortable and that's why I want to go to Georgia," he said.

Dowtin ended his sophomore season with 126 tackles and had 92 tackles, six sacks and an interception in 2006.

Dowtin has moved around a lot. His prep career spans three different schools. That, he says, has still gotten him ready for college. But the final move to Fork Union was made for both academic and athletic reasons.

"All of the schools that I have been to have gotten me ready for college," he said. "So I think I can get prepared for that. I am getting physically developed right now. It's a college-based program, and it helps me develop my body a lot quicker."

Apparently Dowtin's work is paying off.

"Right now I am 6-2, 215 and I run a 4.4, so my speed is pretty good. I ran a 4.45 and a 4.48 at Georgia. Running on that turf was a little difficult at Georgia. That was my first time running in cleats," he said.

The Bulldogs first found out about the youngster last fall, he said.

"Georgia probably picked up on me towards the end of the season last year. Coach Ball was the first to be in touch. He talked with my coach and let him know some things. I decided to research Georgia, and when I went I really felt at home there," he gushed.

His home for the time being, however, is not quite like the typical college student's experience.

"We normally get up at 6 AM," he said. "We go to breakfast, and then we sweep and mop the floors. It's a mandatory thing. At 8 AM we start classes and we get out around 2 PM. The rest of the day we have daily practice and workouts. You also go to retreat which is where you take the flag down. You salute during that."

As if the day doesn't seem long enough already, Dowtin hits the books soon after that.

"Every day study hall is from 7 PM to 9 PM. Then you go to bed. Every second of the day is controlled by the school. It helps the days go by quicker," he said.

Dowtin said he doesn't mind the structure or the pace at which he must hustle to get through the day. After all, he admits, its what he needs to get him to the place he wants to be – Georgia.

"It's not about having fun," he said. "It's about doing what you need to get things done."

What's done is Dowtin's college recruitment, he said. He's headed to Georgia.

"I really don't know what it will be like at Georgia, but I am looking forward to finding that out."

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