Downs enjoys Louisiana Tech camp

Earl Ross Downs has interest and scholarship offers from several schools, but Louisiana Tech may have an ace in the hole when it comes to recruiting the Bastrop center. Read further to get the details.

Earl Ross Downs has been busy. The Bastrop offensive lineman, who holds five scholarship offers, participated in four camps over the past two weeks, starting at Arkansas and ending at Louisiana Tech. Sandwiched in between were stops at Alabama and LSU.

"The Arkansas camp was just a one day camp," said Downs, "then it was on to Bama for a few days. I had never seen Alabama and I liked it. LSU told me that they're looking for a center and that they're going to come watch me play this year.

"Louisiana Tech was last Saturday and I really like Tech. My dad played for coach (Petey) Perot and I grew up as a Tech fan. My godfather played there too. It was fun going up against DeMarcus Hodge and Chuck Hunter at the camp. It was my first time facing Hodge in a camp and I'll go up against him in both the jamboree and regular season when we play Neville."

While Downs confirms that he has multiple offers, his head coach, Brad Bradshaw, prefers that his players don't disclose offers from specific schools. has previously reported that Downs has an offer from Jacksonville State.

"I'm going to wait awhile before I commit anywhere," said Downs. "I might wait until National Signing Day. It won't be anytime soon."

In 2009, Bastrop went 7-5, which is somewhat of a rebuilding year for a program that recorded a gaudy 41-2 mark over the previous three seasons. The addition of Downs, who transferred from Ouachita Christian, as well as the return of standout DB Jevante Watson should boost Bastrop's chances of making another deep run in the playoffs.

Downs will get the chance to make a statement early in the season when Bastrop tangles with Rayville and DT Gerrand Johnson, a highly-touted ULM commit.

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