Dowdell likes what Stoops, Brown have to say

Darren Dowdell has been catching up with the new Kentucky football staff. Read more about what the Atlanta (Ga.) Grady tight end thinks about UK head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown in this KentuckyScout feature.

Kentucky commitment Darren Dowdell admits he was a little shaken up when he first heard the news that the Wildcats would be going through a coaching change.

"I was a little bit worried," he said, "because you think you have everything all lined up, and then things change. I didn't know if I'd like the new coaches or if they'd like me."

Safe to say that apprehension has evaporated now.

The Atlanta (Ga.) Grady tight end got to meet new UK head coach Mark Stoops last week, and he's been building a relationship with new Wildcat offensive coordinator Neal Brown this week.

"I talked to coach Brown last night on the phone, and he's supposed to be coming down to see me (on Friday)," Dowdell said. "He told me how excited he was to coach me and how amazing my film was. He said I could do some big things in their offense."

Dowdell said he's been doing some research on the offense that Brown ran at Texas Tech. "Wow. Who wouldn't be excited to play in an offense like that?

"It's funny how I was worried, but it all worked out."

Dowdell said he's firmly-committed to the Wildcats and won't likely take any other visits this winter, with the exception of a possible trip with teammate Kivon Taylor to some smaller schools.

He expects to set up an official visit date with Kentucky soon, perhaps when Brown makes his visit to Atlanta.

Dowdell (6-4, 235) caught approximately 50 passes and scored 10 touchdowns as a junior. His senior season was limited to only five games due to a stress fracture in his tibia, but he still managed to catch four TD passes before he went down.

"I'm back 100 percent now," he said. "Everything is fine. I'll be playing in an all-star game, an East-West game for Georgia seniors later this month."

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