Kentucky's opening game against Louisville did not unfold as the Wildcats had hoped, but there were still some encouraging signs that caught the eye of some of their recruiting targets.
One of those was Atlanta (Ga.) Grady tight end Darren Dowdell.
"I got to watch the game on TV," Dowdell said. "They lost the game, but I thought their offense was pretty good. Most of the problems were on defense in that one. I really liked how they used all their offensive players and got people involved in the game. Their H-backs and tight ends got a lot of passes thrown their way.
"That's one of the big things I'm looking at whichever school I end up going to -- how they use their tight endds."
Dowdell (6-4, 225) caught approximately 50 passes and had 10 touchdown receptions as a junior. He has played one game this season, catching three passes and one TD. He also had eight tackles and a forced fumble on the defensive side of the ball.
He's been attempting to make a second unofficial visit to Lexington late this summer, but due to schedule conflicts and his season at Grady starting, he has yet to be able to do that.
"I'm still keeping in touch with them, though," Dowdell said. "I want to get back up there soon with my quarterback, Kivon (Taylor). We've been talking about maybe going to school together."
Dowdell said he's also planning trips to Ole Miss and Clemson in the near future. He's hoping to be in Oxford for the Rebels' game against Texas on Sept. 15.
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