The Scout three-star approached a handful of fellow recruits with a question.
"Why do you like Tennessee?" Dowdy recalls asking.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder received a host of different answers, from the program's family feel to belief in Butch Jones' rebuilding plan and the game day atmosphere.
After taking in his first game in Knoxville, Dowdy has a first-hand understanding of all the answers.
"It was a really great experience. I just liked everything and see why other recruits do, too," Dowdy told InsideTennessee. "It was a really good trip. This is a good place. The coaching staff is really nice and they were really good to me. It was just an overall awesome trip."
"Coach Elder and me, we have a really good relationship. He's my recruiter, so we know each other really well," Dowdy said. "We talked for a while and he was telling me he'll pay me a visit and he wants to have me down here for another game. He's a really great guy and coach."
Dowdy's favorite part of the trip was the atmosphere inside Neyland Stadium.
"You know, the crowd was crazy all throughout the game," Dowdy told IT. "I really liked to see that – the fans stick with the team and all."
While Dowdy admittedly grew up an Ohio State fan, he's taking an open-minded approach to his still young recruitment.
"I don't really have a favorite and I am being open to everyone," he said. "Maybe once I get a few more (offers) I can put them into rankings."
Dowdy said education and feeling comfortable on campus will be the keys in his recruitment. Tennessee passed the campus test.
"Yeah, I feel really comfortable here," Dowdy told IT. "Everything here is really great."
Dowdy's Tennessee trip was likely his last visit of the season.