"Radarious Winston, who played safety at Bastrop, is already up there and Kennedy Jones -- a teammate of mine last season -- is planning on walking-on. Our head coach (Brad Bradshaw) had good things to say about the staff at Central Arkansas."
Which other programs did Downs seriously consider?
"Nicholls State was probably my second choice," he said. "I liked them and I also had a lot of Ivy League offers. It's hard to turn those down from an educational standpoint."
Downs was the best offensive lineman on a Bastrop team that reached the Class 4A quarterfinals. The Rams scored a minimum of 36 points in all but one contest.