Destination Dallas

With multiple offers already under his belt, Bastrop (La.) offensive lineman Earl Ross Downs isn't required to prove himself on the camp circuit this summer. However, the senior loves the game of football and so he's hitting the road, beginning this weekend at SMU camp.

With multiple offers already under his belt, Bastrop (La.) offensive lineman Earl Ross Downs isn't required to prove himself on the camp circuit this summer. However, the senior loves the game of football and so he's hitting the road, beginning this weekend at SMU camp.

"I'm leaving for Dallas Saturday night," said Downs. "My father (attorney Earl Ross Downs, Jr.) and I are going over there. I've been watching SMU and it would be a good fit for me. I've never visited the school, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's there. I'm just going to work hard and have a good camp.

"I can confirm that I have multiple offers, but my coach (Brad Bradshaw) would prefer for us to not discuss (offers from) schools in particular. I like LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss -- and I also like Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. I don't have a top list though. I'm pretty wide open. I'm open to anyone. This summer, I'm going to camp at SMU, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, and LSU for certain - and I also may go to camp at Ole Miss and TCU."

Downs, who has manned every position on the offensive line at some point in his career, spent his first three seasons at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe. This year, he'll be making the move from Class A competition to 4A at Bastrop High School, and Downs is excited about the challenge.

"We had two spring scrimmages and the offense moved the ball in the second scrimmage," said Downs. "We have a new offensive coordinator - Coach (Thomas) Bachman - who came over from Evangel. We're lifting three-or-four days a week and we had 45 guys present at both the A.M. and P.M. sessions this week. That's pretty much everybody. As our center, I'm also going to be traveling with the 7-on-7 team this summer so I can work on my snaps."


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